impossible vs. improbable

impossible means no one can do it.  it just simply can’t be done.  on the other hand, improbable means that something is unlikely to happen.  so although it can be done, most people probably won’t do it. the reasons the majority of people won’t accomplish the improbable are not because they can’t, but instead because the improbable seems more difficult, more time consuming and riskier.  but there’s another major reason doing the improbable evades us.

unfortunately, we have a hard time distinguishing the impossible from the improbable. as a result, we inaccurately name too many things impossible and give up on them because we’ve concluded they can’t be done. is finding real love impossible or improbable?  is starting a successful company impossible or improbable?  is finding a great job in this recession impossible or improbable?

at the end of the day, deciding if something is a probability or possibility ultimately determines whether or not it can become a reality for you.  why go after the improbable?  achieving the improbable will make you happier (we’re always happier when we don’t settle for less) and famous.  not lebron james/tiger woods celebrity famous, but “let’s promote her first,” “i didn’t believe in love until i saw them together,” “there aren’t too many people who enjoy what they do like she does” famous.  what improbable things are you chasing right now?  leave your comments below.

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  • richardhardon

    Christopher Reeves said the progression in all human change follows this line of thinking. “At first a thing appears impossible, then it becomes improbable until at last it becomes inevitable” . Consider man on the moon, the 4 minute mile, and every other advancement which seemed like a mystical magical impossibility less than a generation ago. ~ Thunder!

  • http://Myspace.com/primevice K.I.D

    I have been facing some of the biggest challages in my life. Im the defination of 360 degree why you ask it because my fight has come full circle with every single aspect of my life like marrage, children, finances, spirtuality and pass mistakes coming to distroy me. I HAVENT BEEN WITH MY WIFE FOR ALMOST 5 MONTH BECAUSE ALL THE DRAMA. I FACING JAIL TIME, I HAVE LOST MY HOME, MY JOB ABOUT TO LOSE MY CAR THE ONLY THING I HAVE IS THE LORD REGUARDLESS I REALIZE THAT IM STILL BLESS BECAUSE NOTHING IS IMPOSSABLE IN HIM AMEN DONT LIMIT YOURSELF EVER.

  • http://Myspace.com/primevice K.I.D

    I have been facing some of the biggest challages in my life. Im the defination of 360 degree why you ask it because my fight has come full circle with every single aspect of my life like marrage, children, finances, spirtuality and pass mistakes coming to distroy me. I HAVENT BEEN WITH MY WIFE FOR ALMOST 5 MONTH BECAUSE ALL THE DRAMA. I FACING JAIL TIME, I HAVE LOST MY HOME, MY JOB ABOUT TO LOSE MY CAR THE ONLY THING I HAVE IS THE LORD REGUARDLESS I REALIZE THAT IM STILL BLESS BECAUSE NOTHING IS IMPOSSABLE IN HIM AMEN DONT LIMIT YOURSELF EVER.

  • Ao_ou

    Great! Just want to answer the question the author asked (for my own sake): I am learning statistics which I thought it was impossible for me to start, but in fact, it was just improbable to get the idea — meaning: it was just hard for me.

  • Email

    Impossible is two letters too long…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.richter3 Rick Richter

    I am finding that the people I know around me think Many things are impossible
    because if it was possible,it would have been done
    before.What I believe is that everything is Possible
    and there is ALWAYS the FIRST TIME why not ME.
    I BELIEVE I COULD BE THE ONE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/detavio Detavio Samuels

    Rick- you are absolutely right! you could be the one! if you don’t believe, who else will?