Imagination is much more important than Knowledge
“I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” These were the word’s of the late Nobel Prize Winner, Albert Einstein during an interview in the 1920s. Albert, a man of science revered for so many inventions believed in intuition and inspiration. Science has always been considered more about what you can see, experiment or prove with formulas and expressions. So to here such words from a man of science must have been rather shocking.
Alexander Graham Bell started what is known today as AT&T to sell his invention, the telephone. Nobody would buy it. More than a century since it was started, AT&T has moved from strength to strength to become one of the biggest companies in the world. Bell’s invention, the telephone, is probably one of the best things to have ever happened aside from sliced bread. In 1926, Dr. Lee De Forest termed the idea of television an impossible one. No one believed that Thomas Edison could invent the light bulb or that Lincoln could become the president.
Have you ever heard of the term “Steve’s Reality Distortion Field”? It is the driving force behind the company apple. The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, had so much charisma, bravado, will, and persistence to not only convince himself that nothing was impossible but to also convince others around him that it could be done. When engineers brought the first iPod prototype to Jobs, he analyzed the device and said it was too big. The story goes, that the engineers complained they had reinvented everything to make the iPod and that making it smaller was simply impossible. It was about 19.8mm thin. At the time, that size was remarkable. Job’s stood up, walked up to the aquarium and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched the bottom, bubbles floated to the top. “Those are air bubbles,” he said, “ That means there is still space in there. Make it smaller.” Years later, and the iPod is about 6.1mm. Now, whether the story of dropping the iPod in the fish tank is true or not is of little importance. For all ee kmow, it might just be another one of apple fabricated sales pitch. It does not, however, take away the fact that 10+ years ago when people were still using the walk-man; nobody would have thought that a device almost 100 times smaller could hold 100 times more music.
Imagination is only as limited as you want it to be. It is shaped by the books you read, the people you hang out with, your parents, society, culture and the places you travel. All this mould your perspective and view of life. The less you experience, the less you explore; the more likely you will narrow your scope. That’s when the phrase “somethings can’t be done” starts being familiar and accepted . I can imagine telling my dead grandpa that holograms exist, his stacks would be blown!!!
Unlike knowledge, you have the ability to let your imagination go feral . Dream and think of all the “impossible” things. Tell ypurself it can be done. We currently live in a world where science fiction is becoming science reality. Man’s exploration to the moon, artificial intelligence, drones and so much more. Things that started in movies, are now coming into reality. Get it? If it was never there before, how did the movie creator see it? They imagined it. I bet soon, it won’t be a wonder to see robots that can be controlled by the mind. Suddenly the idea of flying cars seems very feasible. Russian billionaire, Dmitry Itskov, is trying to transfer the consciousness of human beings to android robots. That’s just crazy and I like it. I don’t know if that’s possible, but it would be pretty interesting to find out.
When someone tells you it can’t be done, what they are actually saying is they can’t do it. They transfer their insecurities and fears onto you. Because they “failed” or gave up, they don’t believe that anybody else can achieve it. And sometimes, the fear or need to protect comes from a good place. It might be a family member or friend trying to shield you from the hurt they felt when it didn’t work out for them.
What is reality? Is it not that which was created by humans, much like you and I? Today we know calculus because Isaac Newton decided it would be so. Why can’t you decide something? Why not distort this reality we know and create your own? Why not invent the future. I believe that to be happy in life, at times you have to be naive to forget that there is failure. The bumble bee flies because it doesn’t know it can’t fly (I hope you get it).
If you can believe it, then you can achieve it.