“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define it yourself.”
~ Harvey Fierstein
In 1903, a famous scientist called Simon Newcomb published a mathematical proof called “Heavier than air“, scientifically explaining that mechanical flight was impossible. Shortly after that, in North Carolina, the Wright Brothers took it to the skies proving his science wrong and creating a new reality. The Wright Brothers didn’t silence the sound of their discovery; the contrary is true. They’ve made it known, loud and clear, regardless of Newcomb’s feelings and assumptions.
During the same period that Simon Newcomb was looking for definitions, the Wright Brothers were building something to be defined. The rest is history.
In similar fashion, scientists affirmed that the bumblebee’s body is too heavy and its wing span is too small. Aerodynamically defined, bumblebees cannot fly – but the bumblebee hasn’t this definition and it keeps on flying. Right now, there are millions of them flying, laughing at the presupposed definition. The bumblebee has created its own reality and it lives beyond definition.
Consequently, I’ve realised that when you don’t know of your limitations, you go out and surprise those that define you, daily. In hindsight, you wonder if you had any limitations – which leads me to conclude that the only limitation a person has towards their dreams are those that are self-imposed, believed or inherited from someone else’s definitions of you. Don’t let definitions, circumstances, assumptions or theories limit your future. Explore. Experiment. Be a bumblebee. Go beyond definitions.
The bottom line is that you don’t have to fit the norm for “what worked before” to become what you want to be. 1 + 1 isn’t the only way to get to 2. A checkmate can be achieved in millions of different ways. The concept of “adequate for action” or “fit” is based on public opinion and built upon past experiences of people that were brave enough to take the next shot, try hard enough regardless of circumstances. However, experiences don’t matter in the world of the great. Right now, you’re adequate enough to do whatever your heart was built for.
We have to decide: do we want to behave like Newcomb and look for definitions to prove why we can’t do what we’re meant to do (and feel better about quitting) or should we behave like the Wright Brothers and pioneer that which was once impossible (and actually change the world)? It’s your call. It’s your choice. It’s now.
I’ve been there. I grew up on definitions. I was defined as “A” building “B” in “C” in order to achieve “D”. My “1 + 1” equation path was drawn and I had to get to 2. The thing is, I didn’t want 2 and I ain’t good with that kind of mathematics. I’ve decided to live beyond my self-imposed definitions. I decided to start with a blank canvas and gently draw the life that I want to live. There’s NOT too old; or too clever; or too convenient; or too safe; or too risky; or too complicated; or whatever… those are definitions that precede the first bold step.
Tom Shadyac said that “Definition is the death of discovery”. Discover yourself and your potential as you let go of defining and focus on building and becoming.
The problem is that we think we will live forever, but we won’t. So, don’t be bullied into silence. Don’t subject to the current “definition” of you. In all you are and in all you do: Go Beyond Definition.
It’s your life; live it or someone else will live it for you. Be the Bumblebee and shame the “Newcombers”. It’s time to go from mediocre to meteoric.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are too busy living our fears; allowing our self-imposed limitations to handicap and sabotage our futures. It has to stop now.