It's the very people that no one imagines anything of that do the unimaginable
I heard this on a film that I watched last weekend. If you haven’t seen it, it is well worth 167 minutes of viewing time. It’s called the Imitation Game and tells the story of Alan Turing and the life events that inspired him to invent the first computer with the sole purpose of solving the puzzle that was the German Enigma machine. It was fascinating because it concentrated on the personality and character of the man rather than just the ‘how’ he did it.
Like many great men, Alan Turing, had an inability to ‘fit in’. He saw life from a different point of view, and as a result, had what was probably a very lonely life. He was inspired by a school friend who encouraged him to explore cryptography as a way of challenging himself and occupying his lonely school hours. His friend used to say, ‘It’s the very people that on one imagines anything of that do the unimaginable.’ This in turn was repeated by Alan to inspire others.
It reminds me that sometimes the people who achieve the most are often the ones who had the shakiest of starts. The people who struggle with understanding life or fitting in to society or who perform poorly in school are often the ones who emerge with tenacity, fighting spirit, and the determination to succeed and prove everyone wrong. These people can often make the best scientists, the greatest mathematicians, the most inspirational inventors, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. They are the entrepreneurs.
I think of Richard Branson, who started his first business from a public phone box. I think of my youngest son who marches to a different tune, who struggles with understanding social codes and behaviours but at the age of 16 has just started his own business designing and producing unique resin/plastic hardware using a 3D printer. He has suddenly come into his own and is asking brilliant questions about marketing, financing, selling, customer services, etc. Something or someone has sparked his imagination.
Isn’t that what life is about? Being inspired to do the unimaginable. It’s too easy to judge people based on ‘normal’ patterns of behaviour, but it takes a genius to see the genius in other people perhaps and to light that passion that fires their imagination.
I would love to do the unimaginable (in a great way), wouldn’t you? Maybe you are already doing that. Maybe you know someone who is. I’d love to hear back from you, so please email me with your story.
In the meantime, I hope you have an unimaginably wonderful weekend.