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Progressing From Impossible To Possible

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Category: Unleash Your BadAss Dream Series

Progressing From
Impossible To Possible



I stumbled upon this powerful true story and wanted to take a moment to share it with you...

George Danzig was a mathematics grad student at a time when jobs were very, very difficult to find in the United States.


His math professor, who was the head of the mathematics department, said to the grad students that whoever got the best grade on the final exam had the opportunity to be hired as his research assistant for the next year.


That job was a great job. Everybody wanted the job. George said that he studied so hard for that test that he was up until the middle of the night and overslept and was actually late to the test.


However, he got there in enough time to take the test. He was handed the test and went to the back of the room and sat down. As he was answering the eight math questions, he got through them pretty easily. He looked up at the blackboard and saw that there were two problems written on the board. He copied them down and began to work on the two problems… He could not solve them.


George began to think that somebody in the room is going to solve these problems. What is wrong with me was what he thought. He kept working and working and working more on the problems. He could not get them solved and by the end of the time that was allotted, some of the students asked for additional time to solve the problems. 


The professor allowed the students to take the test home, complete it, and bring it back by Friday. George too asked for more time and was also given until Friday.


He went home and sat up night after night. This was on Monday. He spent all day and night Tuesday and all the way through to Wednesday night.


George just kept thinking to himself that somebody is going to solve these problems. “Why not me?” Why not me?” Finally, by Thursday morning he had one of the problems solved. He kept working and working late into Thursday night and then Friday morning until he solved the second problem.


George took the test back and turned it in by the eleven am deadline. He went home wondering what was going to happen. Sunday morning at seven am there was a knock at his door.


He jumps out of bed realizing that it is his professor. His professor says “George, you have made mathematical history!  I was thinking on the way over here, you showed up late for the test, right?”


George replied, “Well yes, did I do something wrong?”


“No”, the professor said, “It is just that the eight questions were the test. I told everybody who was gathered. I've had such a great time teaching all of you. If you want to have fun for the rest of your life, these two questions are the two unsolved math questions that even Einstein himself went to his grave unable to solve. How did you do this George?”


George recounted that if he had heard ahead of time that no one has been able to solve those problems, his way of defining his relationship to that problem would have been so different that he would not have made himself available to the access to the solution that was within him.  That same access is within each one of us.


Now, I do not know what it is that you are facing in life. However, I do know this about you… You are in the practice of becoming because you are a son or a daughter of the Infinite; you are to be everything you want to be, to give everything you want to give…to envision, blueprint and build the life that you dream of.

Be grateful in knowing that there is always a solution available for any problem that you may be facing…Always!


Your only job is to keep yourself open to that possibility…

I Believe In You!

Bryan Shumway

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