Unreasonably Remarkable

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

Most of us live our lives as if we’re in a restaurant.  There’s a menu, with only so many things to choose from.  Sure, you can ask for pasta with olive oil instead of marinara, but what’s on the list is more or less what you can expect to get.

But life isn’t a restaurant.  Yes, there’s a list of things to choose from; you can still pick doctor, or lawyer, or teacher, or construction worker.  But that list is nowhere near exhaustive.  Just think: 30 years ago, there was no such thing as an IT department.  Only 6 years ago, there was no such thing as an app developer.  Those choices were added to the list by people who weren’t satisfied with the other choices.  Now, both those choices are on the list and there are millions of IT specialists and developers around the world.

When someone hands you a list of choices, the remarkable ones are never on the list.  If they were, they wouldn’t be remarkable.

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