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What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Because, according to Regina Dugan, when you remove the fear of failure the term impossible becomes useless.

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    Mar 29 2012: I would make one person happy. If everyone wished for the same thing, then everyone would be happy. If 6 billion people wish to end world hunger, there are 5.999999999 billion redundant wishes. Why not wish for everyone to be happy, I hear you say? Well, I like to try and keep my answer within the realms of the realistic.
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    Mar 29 2012: The challenge would be to attempt to fail. Best. Bob
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    Mar 28 2012: Why limit oneself to curing the ills of the human condition? Why be parochial? Why not fInd out what the Horsehead Nebula looks like from the other side! Take a look inside all the little curled up dimensions predicted by string theory, step though the looking glass, find the Red Queen and slap her for being cruel to flamingoes..... When you cannot possibly fail the endeavour loses all meaning, becomes hollow. For the human psyche, striving is all. Everything we are is the result of countless generations of us having to compete for resources and survive in an uncaring environment (unless one thinks the universe exists only as an enormous test of moral character in order to find those worthy enough to join its Creator). Success is always more satisfying when you have to strive, overcome one's shortcomings or conquer fear, particularly fear of failure. Unless, of course, you think life is about taking the shortest route to absolute power; in which case, don't bother telling us what you'd do because we already know.
    • Mar 29 2012: You have got a lot going on up there buddy…:)
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    Mar 28 2012: If I knew I could not fail, I would eradicate hunger and disease worldwide without harming ecosystems, provide every child on earth with an effective education, and give all adults a meaningful economic and social role in their communities.
  • Mar 28 2012: I would quit my job and make living by doing things I love to do like teaching kids, creating interesting websites and startups, organizing events =)
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    Apr 27 2012: Fly!!!
  • Apr 27 2012: Try to convince others to join in my projects. It was very frustrating the past times I tried.
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    Apr 4 2012: Again another interesting topic by Wayne!
    At first I would continue my education in a new filed which is one of my dreams...the following dreams come after the first one, by the way now I am happy and optimistic about near future.
    Thank you Wayne, for making nice brain storms.
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    Mar 30 2012: Exactly what I am attempting now: spreading awareness that money = energy (meaningful energy expended) and that free energy removes the need for money, that We have had overunity ("free energy") tech for over 50 years, that it has been suppressed because eliminating money removes the power over others enjoyed by the power elite, that if We removed the need for money We would remove the LOVE of money (the root of all evil), and many, MANY ills, including but not limited to:

    Poverty
    Hunger
    Homelessness
    Oppression
    Class conflicts
    War

    For more, see My idea here and My blog: http://amaterasu101.tumblr.com/
  • Mar 29 2012: limiting fear does not mean making something easy to do. It may however permit a paradigm that is better suited to respecting the complexities of the task at hand.
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    Mar 29 2012: Is nobody here afraid of being torn apart by the task they've set themselves? Even though you might not be able to fail, who are you going to be after you've completed that task? How is that going to affect you? Would you still be the same person, or would all this experience (especially if you wanted to change the world) not simply crush you?
    This question also made me realise how good it is to fail. Imagine you start doing something, which you will not fail to accomplish, and afterwards you realise you've caused more pain and distress to people than you ever imagined or ever intended. 'The path to hell is paved with good intentions'. I think sometimes it's good that we don't always get what we want.
    • Mar 29 2012: "Follow your bliss!" Joseph Campbell
      These three words quite simply began a process of transformation in my whole view of the universe. This advice comes from the ancient idea that if I do what gives me joy the universe will protect and care for me, in fact I will place myself on a path that was waiting for me all along, surrounded by others who will guide and help me. How do I know what gives me biss? It's easy, really. Listen to what my heart is telling me. I have since expanded on this quote with the help of Einstein, who suggested the most important question I can ask each and every day is whether I live in a friendly universe or a hostile one. I have discovered that by choosing to live in a universe that wants me to feel joy, to feel good, in all my waking moments it is possible to have a joyous day every day. By accepting this concept into my reality, I still have events I don't necessarily agree with happen to me many times, but they no longer have influence over my inner peace and joy! Also, it is fun to observe others because very quickly I seem to be able to determine what kind of universe they are choosing to live in…

      Adam Bycina Tedster.
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    Mar 29 2012: Then I would say, my ambition is unlimited and I would love to change the whole world to make it a better place to live in.

    Where there will be no harm, no terror, no killing, no intentional destruction.
    Where everyone would have food.
    Where everyone would have freedom to speak.
    Where everyone would have power to contribute to make our future city.

    Thanks for bringing this nice topic, Wayne.

    I have been impressed to see your convening power through your doings. Hope to see you on the top of the summit of Success with dignity.
    • Mar 29 2012: Thank you so much for your encouragement. May we all meet at the summit someday.
  • Mar 29 2012: On a more positive note, I would embrace infinite possibilities and 'do it all', with the rest of my life,
  • Mar 29 2012: Nothing because if I knew I could not fail, then I will have no desire to achieve.
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    Mar 28 2012: I would attempt to show that even if the fear of failure is removed the term impossible can be quite useful, and I would succeed by hypothesis.

    But Abel (and Ruffini) beat me to it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Henrik_Abel

    The time that mathematicians would have spent chasing what Abel showed to be impossible has instead been spent on building deeper theories in mathematics, some a direct result of Abel's impossibility theorem.

    I understand the "fear of failure" angle, but it is also important to recognize and understand our limits. Acknowledging the possibility of failure can be insightful, especially if failure is guaranteed. Also, the fear of failure can be a force that drives one to succeed.
  • Mar 28 2012: I would create free energy. From there anything else could be accomplished: building of new infrastructure; growing of new crops; global re-distribution of water. Money and currency would become almost meaningless as the cost of everything plummets. We can always dream, can't we.
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      Mar 29 2012: Redistribution of global water is impossible,If you take from one part of the system to bolster a changing part somewhere else you're only pouring water into a desert.The desert reclaims all in the end and risk depleting natural reserves that don't just take a year to replenish.Instead, look at bringing rain to the desert.
      • Mar 29 2012: The redistribution does not need to be form one continent to another, merely from the nearest coastal desalinisation plant to wherever it is needed. But if the energy, is free, both the desalinisation and the redistribution would be comparitively simple.

        I don't know enough about deserts, but I'm sure you are right on that central point.
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    Mar 28 2012: ya, impossible will become useless but it will itself say that no work will be possible.Means you will never lay your hand on that work as perfect success means that it is boring.
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    Mar 28 2012: ya, the term impossible will become useless but it will itself say out that things are not possible.
    Means that if you already know tha their is know failure you will never get your hand on that work as perfect success means it is getting boring.