Then there were the worst ones: The ones that
say, "I could never do that." I hate when people
say that: "I could never do that." Almost every
time they're wrong. They could do it.
I would have much more respect for a person
who said "Wow, 152 miles of running sounds difficult,
I can imagine it was unpleasant at times- I have no interest
in doing that."
I can respect that.
I used to say, "I can't play golf."
I can play golf actually, I just suck. I also have almost
no interest in it, (except watching Tiger Woods, which is
interesting since he's good). So it is more correct for me
to say, "I have no interest in playing golf" rather
than to say, "I can't play golf."
Ultimately our greatest obstacle is our own
perceptions of what we can do.
We have no idea what our capacities are; we
never even approach them. Did you know there was a man who
swam across the Atlantic Ocean- non-stop? That's right, Guy
Delage, a French extreme athlete. In 1995 he swam eastward
from Africa's Cape Verde Islands to Barbados. He swam across
the Atlantic pushing a little surfboard kick-board thing filled
with his food, desalination kit to make drinking water and
his limited communications gear. It took him 55 days to swim
2,350 miles. Have you read the book "The Long Walk",
by Slavomir Rawicz? I won't tell you what he did; you'll thank
me for reading the book.
The things these people did defy our concept
of what is possible. They stretch the very idea of human capabilities.
"I can't" was not a part of their mindset. So they
There are a million examples of people re-writing
the books on what is possible. So when you say, "I could
never do that
" you're wrong, you could. I did,
you could too. You just might not be interested.