Are you extraordinary?
If you’re like me, you probably scoffed internally or shook your head no.
And you’d be right. You and me, we are no different than any other human on this planet.
While people tend to let this fact depress them, I find a sense of comfort in knowing that I am not an extraordinary or extremely different being.
I am no different than any stranger I pass on the street. In other words, I have the same genetic makeup as any historical figure or role model imaginable. Einstein and I consist of the same genetic build. We share the same number of hours in a day.
So what’s stopping me from being Einstein?
1. Choose how much space you want to take up.
Society excels in controlling potential.
Suppose we are born as vast bodies of water. As we get older, our supply of water slowly gets confined until eventually, it can flow through a single hose. This organization of water provides a structured manner in which to conduct business in society.
But ultimately, a system like this limits our human potential. While water through a hose is functional and useful, it can only do so much. Free-flowing water, on the other hand, has the power to spur innovation, discovery, and progress.
By the laws of nature, everything adapts to fill the space it is given.
Organisms adapt to their environment. Parkinson’s law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
Following this logic, human beings exist in the space available to them. Society drills into us the idea that there is a finite amount of space available for us to take up, and most people live their lives confined in their allotted space.
In order to grow, we must expand the space we allow ourselves to take up.
This involves dreaming.