Impossible Is a Matter of Time and Perspective

Sometimes impossible is just a matter of time and perspective.

Every great invention that we have today was previously thought to be impossible until, in time, it was not. Before the telephone was invented, it was impossible to send messages instantaneously from one side of the planet to the other.  In 1876, a memo from Western Union is reported to have described the telephone as a device with no value to the company, especially since it had “too many shortcomings to be a serious means of communication.”  More than 150 years later we take the telephone and its communication capability for granted while Western Union and its telegraph no longer has a role in global communication activities.

In another example of determination and a refusal to accept other people’s opinions about what they were capable of achieving, we can think of Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay.  In 1953 they were the first two people to get to the top of Mount Everest.  Before that time, it was generally thought to be impossible to achieve that feat.  However, they had a different perspective and so as such, they believed that they were able to accomplish what so many others had failed to do before them.

However, in the years since then, thousands more have made the attempt and many have achieved the goal.  It is a peculiarity of mankind that once something is proven to be possible by at least one person being able to do it, it then becomes much more achievable for others.

The mind, once expanded by an idea, can never return to its original size.

So what are you thinking is impossible for you to do or become? Have you considered that maybe it is just a matter of time and perspective? If so, then ask yourself:

  • What is impossible for you to do today?
  • What would it take for it to become possible?
  • What knowledge, skills or abilities do you currently have that can help you to make your dream a reality?
  • What do you need to learn?


Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance.  She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  For more of her writing visit




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