Our Moral Compass: What To Never Confuse

“Never confuse someone else’s inability to do something with its inability to be done.”

-Steve Maraboli

     As we all know inability means not able to do something. Now the question is does this mean they can not truly do it or have they made the choice to do it? The answer lies within each person and their own mindset. American author and motivational speaker Steve Maraboli reminds us of this in today’s quote that its one thing if one person cannot do a certain task but that it doesn’t mean the task cannot be done. Certain aspects of our life are not only one and dones; that if someone can not do something it can never be accomplished. If that was the case many of the things that we know to be true of today would never have happened.

Alexander Fyodorovich Mozhayskiy was a Russian Naval officer who tackled the problem of heavier-than-air flight twenty years before the Wright Brothers. Although he never got his airplane to fly, his steam engine design helped to power boats later on. Just because he wasn’t able to make it happen didn’t prevent the Wright Brothers form taking a crack at it and, as it turns out they did it. But think about this: If the Wright Brothers had given up after one or two tries in trying to get their plane airborne in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina we would never have the opportunity to see someone we love within a few hours instead of a few days or weeks (depending on if they live overseas). Without the Wright Brothers Amelia Earhart never would have been the first female pilot to flown solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Without Amelia Earhart we would never had John Glenn orbit the Earth three times in 1962 which set the stage for the landing of the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969. This is just one example of dozens of others that shows that it doesn’t matter if one person has the inability to do something because there is probably always someone out there that can. Often times it also takes more than one person to actually accomplish the task so teamwork is just as important.

We need to realize that we all have certain strengths and limitations. It is accepting our limitations that is the hardest for many of us because we are perfectionists. I know because I am one of them but am trying to be more comfortable with what my limitations are and leaning on those that actually have those as their strengths. It helps to balance things out for a certain project needing to be done or just help bring more balance to my life.  Nothing is ever unachievable. Just because someone before you has attempted and failed does not mean you will too. If you don’t at least try you will never know. And even if you aren’t the one that can get it done, there might be something you did do that leads the next person to actually getting the job done and that is ok. You contributed to the cause. Look at what Alexander Fyodorovich Mozhayskiy did for the steam engine and eventually the Wright Brothers. As Marie Forleo says “Everything is Figureoutable.”

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?

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