The Unreasonable Man

“All progress depends on the unreasonable man,” he said firmly. Continuing, he said,

“The complete quote from George Bernard Shaw, is,

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.’

Got it?”

Well, by the end of his short but pity lecture, most of us did get it. I know I did.

And surprisingly, everything he said hit at the heart of all successful selling

Here’s what I took away from his message

Only the “unreasonable man” – one with enough audacity, boldness, and courage to put ideas into action and dreams into reality – has the chance to change his life and the lives of others.

Such people are able to see to change something for the better, and set out to make it happen without doubt or uncertainty.

Instead of looking for reasons why they shouldn’t expect more, they search for ways to make it happen.

To them, “fairly good, moderately successful,” or “its always been that way,”  just doesn’t cut it.

The message really made sense to me.

I began to see that “unreasonable” was a good word to describe such people and that it was a desirable characteristic.

Change does not occur without a willingness to challenge the mold of tradition, and become more unreasonable and far less “reasonable.

There is no reason I couldn’t do anything I set my mind to. I didn’t have to accept the excuses, explanations and reasons of why something couldn’t be done.

The only reason something didn’t get done was because I took my eye off the goal and started looking for reasons why I might fail.

It became clear to me that looking for reasons to explain failure before I even tried, was the “reasonable or logical” way to approach something.

And that only by being unreasonable would I find a way to succeed in spite of everything.

If progress does depend on the unreasonable man, as in the quote above, then that is the direction I needed and wanted to go.

And unless I miss my guess, it’s the same for you!

daniel w. jacobs
© 2011  – 2030, all rights reserved


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