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Becoming Unreasonable.
February 13, 2003.

I had a friend quite a few years back who regularly voiced concerns about my annoying habit of conjuring up outlandish dreams and aspirations for my life. Whenever I would enthusiastically tell him about the next super exciting project I was about to undertake, he was always more than ready to let the air out of my balloon.

As soon as I finished outlining my next great game plan for success, he would scoff and just shake his head and tell me it was unreasonable for me to set my sights so high.

Even though I was super jazzed and felt completely confident that I could reach the lofty goals I had established for myself, he was quick to point out the obvious flaws in my thinking. After all, it seemed ‘logical’ to him that since I had never scaled a summit as high as the one I was determined to climb, it just wasn’t reasonable for me to expect success in the quest.

No matter how exciting each new imaginative idea may have been and regardless of how badly I wanted to make my dreams come true, he was just as confident that I would fall flat on my face because I was once again foolishly setting unreasonable goals for myself.

Some friend.

You’ve probably had a few friends like that in the past yourself. Sometimes these friends mean well and simply do not want you to get hurt by setting your sights too high and then falling short. They would prefer you to play it safe by setting more reasonable goals for yourself.

Then there are other so-called friends who are super quick to tell you that you’re not being reasonable when you insist on passionately pursuing your dreams. In their books, you’ll never be good enough, smart enough or lucky enough to make a real difference in the world – so why should you waste your time trying?

And if you charge ahead and move forward without their blessing, you’re simply being what my friend called me long ago – foolish and unreasonable.

I decided to stop listening to people who would not or could not support my quest to be my best and so should you. By tuning out the doom and gloom crowd, you’ll soon discover what I learned long ago – you can get a whole lot more done when you become an unreasonable person.

Here are a few pointers in becoming unreasonable:

You should set unreasonable goals – and then relentlessly work to reach them.

You should establish unreasonable standards of excellence for your life – and then seek to achieve them.

Whenever you come up with a great idea that everyone else thinks is totally unreasonable for you to accomplish – remember that nothing is impossible when you truly believe you can do it.

Absolutely nothing.

From this point forward, whenever and wherever anyone accuses you of being unreasonable, simply thank them for the compliment and get busy making your dreams a reality. It’s the only reasonable thing to do.

The Bottom Line: Once you become unreasonable, there's nothing you can't do.


I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Anatole France

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn. John Wesley

If you are not getting as much from life as you want to, then examine the state of your enthusiasm.
Norman Vincent Peale

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Author: Greg Hickman


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