What can’t happen?


Not long after this amazing start, in Stanley Kubrick’s film A Space Odyssey 2001, an air hostess in grip shoes gently puts a floating pen back in the pocket of a traveler. A little while later, the same man is seen talking to his young daughter while watching her on a color TV screen. It’s clear that he’s on a different planet, maybe the moon.

I was 16 and completely blown away by the way a movie told a story of ideas that were, at the time, way beyond my wildest dreams. It was the year 1968. For people who were alive at the time, this was completely and totally impossible fiction.

We lived in a time when the only way to get news was through the morning newspapers, the radio, and the once-a-night 6pm newscast on a black-and-white TV.

Neil Armstrong’s big jump to put a man on the moon was still nine months away. My grandparents had a party line until they died. Before answering the phone, they would wait for it to ring long, short, long, long. And picking up the phone was a formal event. When the phone rang, the whole family would gather in the hallway to find out what bad news was coming.

I convinced my English teacher to take my class on a school trip after seeing a movie with a confusing and messianic message that left me spellbound. The class talked about what it meant for hours, wrote essays about it, and was just generally fascinated by the idea. Keir Dullea, too. I said I would give the same name to any sons I had.

The film left an indelible mark. Not least because it shows a technology that few people could have thought of, let alone shown so accurately.

Many years later, I met the lighting camera man from 2001: A Space Odyssey while I was working in London. I used a card file and a phone to connect freelance film specialists to different productions. He talked about how they had made a small model of the spaceship that looked like a sperm. Oh, so that’s how they did it.

Everything happened before the internet. Before personal connection devices, which were first shown to us in the opening scene of this amazing movie, forty years ago, when we couldn’t believe what we were seeing. We knew it was all impossible and just the doodles of a person with too much imagination. Really?

Now, just a small part of my life later, as I search the internet in a few minutes for references and images, log in to my Mac, answer calls on my personal phone, and talk to my friends and family by video call on Skype, I ask myself, what’s not possible?

Why not use a 3D pen? One that takes what you write and turns it into a 3D model? Not possible? Take a look.

How about people from all over the world help pay for this idea? Not possible? Try getting help from a lot of people.

How about using the electromagnetic field below a city to float a vehicle without wheels? This idea came from a young Chinese girl named Wang Jia. Minerals in the car cause it to float above the street, and voice recognition turns it on and off. Really? Look at this.

Ah, but this is just a creative way of making a movie. in and of itself. But maybe not much different from what we saw all those years ago. Even though a lot of the amazing technology of the time seems old compared to what we use every day.

So, really, what can’t happen? When you tell yourself that what you’re trying to do is impossible, you should think again.

The bank of all human knowledge
The point is that even the most amazing ideas didn’t just appear out of thin air. They are like a collection of all the knowledge and passion that people have ever had.

For the 3D Doodler pen to be made, it was necessary to use both metal and plastic technology and to be able to ask the whole world for help to fund the project. But if its creators hadn’t been driven by a strong sense of purpose, the idea wouldn’t have gone any further than a “what if” discussion over a few beers.

What made Wang Jia send Volkswagen her ideas for a car of the future that could fly? What is it about Volkswagen’s culture that encourages people from all over the world to be so creative and passionate, and even lets them make a movie about their dreams?

Entrepreneurial attributes
These are the traits we need to work on if we want to be entrepreneurs.

Yes. All the things that feed our imagination, creativity, dreams, and guesses.

Yes. Being driven by a burning desire and a clear goal.

Yes. Having a strong desire to succeed and not giving up.

Yes. Doing. Just getting down to work and doing what needs to be done, step by step, byte by byte, day by day, week by week, and year by year.

Help is the universal, unchanging force of creative manifestation. Since the Big Bang, its job has been to turn possibilities into reality. To make your dreams come true. Steven Pressfield. Do your part.

Yes, working together is most important.

No one has ever done something great by themselves. Read the thank-yous at the beginning of any book. When a movie is over, watch the credits roll. Listen to what the people who are getting awards have to say.

Everyone who has done something good or great knows that they may have had the idea and done the work, but it could not have been fully realized without the help of others.

Visit this amazing group of people from all over the world who have worked hard to make and send more than 500,000 items to warm and comfort children they’ll never meet.

It’s all about clan. Those who have the same goals as you. What then isn’t possible?