When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.Harriet Beecher Stowe
Wrestling with a puzzle, a project or a problem, the likeliest reason to give up is the belief that it can’t be done. What’s
the point of persevering if it’s actually impossible to succeed?
“It can’t be done,” we say, throwing up our hands. Not “I can’t do it,” or “It’s not worth my time,” but “It can’t be done.”
In the year after Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, the record was broken again and again. Once people
realized it could be done, it wasn’t an impossible task any longer. And that’s why there’s a ﬂood of tablets on the
market, many from companies that had what they needed to build the ﬁrst one, but didn’t until Apple showed them the
Two things you might take away from this: First, there’s solace in ﬁnding someone who has done it before, whatever
“it” is you’re trying to do. Knowing that it’s possible and studying how it was done can’t help but increase the chances
you’ll stick it out.
Second: huge value accrues to the few able to actually do a thing for the very ﬁrst time.