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Robert Brown

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What necessity, desire or dream do you wish accomplished but seems impossible?

Tell us why this seems impossible to you.


TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive's 2014 theme is Challenge the Impossible. We would like global responses to our question - What do you find impossible?

Our attendees will examine all submissions, devise possible solutions and hopefully develop a tool set for our youth to use when they encounter seemingly impossible situations.

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  • Feb 27 2014: If you don't mind sharing,what was the most necessary thing you had to do but didn't want to do?
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      Feb 27 2014: Off topic but here you go - I had a severe case of altitude sickness and hypothermia. All I wanted to do was sleep but would be dead PDQ if I did...

      Sounds like you have a standard start-up problem - "no one wants to sign up or even use the products to achieve the goals". You built a product you want. Your trying to foist it on a market vs. finding what the market wants. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink....
      • Feb 28 2014: A round about way of getting to the topic --- here you go -

        The other day at a game someone asked an observer "how was your game"?
        response : "Same as this one, just the other way around".
        It was rather humorous because
        in this game his brother's team was loosing 4 to 0
        and his team had won 4 to 0.

        Hey I sort of like that word ... Foist ...just the other way around :-)
        Consider that
        • (foist someone/something into) graciously posit a glaring notion of someone or something that obviously warrants it being embraced welcomed as a desirable and necessary person or thing.

        Maybe its not about making the horse drink the water ... as getting the water into the horse...
        In other words maybe its not about making someone learn and understand the knowledge
        maybe its about ensuring each does what they ought to do as it ought to be done when it ought to be done
        it's a bonus If they learn and understand the underlying knowledge ...
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          Feb 28 2014: DeAndre said "...It seems impossible because no one wants to sign up or even use the products". This is common problem for new entrepreneurs - they are passionate about an idea but are having a hard time selling the product because the market wants something else World Famous Innovation Failures: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130923083142-206580-world-famous-innovation-failures

          You said, "maybe its about ensuring each does what they ought to do as it ought to be done when it ought to be done". Great idea but humans are a finicky lot and sometime choose to go against what they ought to do - smoking, drinking, drugs, infidelity etc...
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          Mar 1 2014: What you describe in your last paragraph corresponds to the market approach that is so often recommended or used to deal with situations in which private actions have predictable negative spillover effects.. That is, rather than commanding a behavior, incentives are put in place that bring self interest potentially in better alignment with the public interest.

          It can work if the actions that are most desirable from a community standpoint are well understood and the level and nature of inducement necessary to induce optimal actions are understood as well.

          More typical are situations in which the optimal course of action is ambiguous.
      • Mar 1 2014: Yup... a necessity, desire or dream wished for to be accomplished that seems impossible... getting someone to change and choose what ought to be chosen, when they have made up their mind and chosen something else. How do we, get everyone to consider the possibilities and recognize the better one as the better one, especially under the prisoners dilemma which individually and systematically incentives the adoption of the worst solution. There is a cost for doing the right thing there is a cost, a higher cost, for doing the wrong thing... One can choose to do the right thing and pay the lower cost. or choose to do the wrong thing and pass the bill to someone else. thats right the cost of doing the right thing is payed by the one doing the right thing; while the cost for doing the wrong thing is payed by someone else. What would you choose to do, the right thing or the wrong thing? Now lets say someone else choose to do the wrong thing and you have got to pay for their doings, What would you choose to do, the right thing (pay your bill plus their bill) or the wrong thing (return the favor and just pay for their bill) ? Why is it that when one has gotten the bill passed by someone else one feels it's ok to choose to do the wrong thing?

        Getting someone to change and choose what ought to be chosen, when they have made up their mind and chosen something else can be quite a challenge. Just as getting everyone to consider the possibilities and recognize the better one as the better one and doing what ought to be done.

        Indeed humans are a finicky lot and sometime choose to go against what they ought to do ... to do what ought to be done; maybe its about ensuring each does what ought to do as it ought to be done when it ought to be done.

        thanks I like this revision a bit better :-) Learning is an essential part of innovation. It is the way we learn that distinguishes those who succeed from those who still have got to learn how get it right.

        Collaborate to succeed :-)

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