Episode #834 Mick Ebeling: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done

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Moe and Mick Ebeling discuss how to accept the idea that all problems can be solved—and that you have the ability to change the world and make miracles happen.


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Mick Ebeling

Founder of the Not Impossible Foundation View Full Profile

The Path to Impossible

Confidence is the stuff that turns thoughts into action, it’s the way we meet our circumstances, whether they’re wondrous, wonderful or really hard. It’s an energy that’s inside each of us, yet far too many choose never to ignite it.  I remember Eric Schmidt’s 2012 commencement address to Boston University’s 2012 graduating class when he encouraged them to “find a way to say yes to things.  Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it's a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.”  That axiom has served him well, and its likely those who choose to follow his advice who will give our future a heartbeat, much like Mick Ebeling.

As the architect behind the Not Impossible Labs, Ebeling has had his share of naysayers; still when they told him that he was thinking too big, he was smart enough not to listen. When he saw overwhelming odds, he was bold enough to take a chance — because for him, the greatest legacy is to build something that forever outlive his contribution. He chronicles his journey in his latest book, appropriately titled, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done. As you hear him tell his story, pay particular attention to his three rules of how to defy the odds.