Every great advance is met with skepticism and derision by the purveyors of the status quo. The word consensus is used a lot today in politics and science. It’s this idea that something is true because practically everybody agrees it’s true. Damn the evidence! Damn pieces of data that don’t fit.
If you have a BIG idea or even a really clever one, expect “the consensus” to tell you it never can be.
- Before 1903, most people thought humans would never fly. There were literally people who came out to make fun of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.
- Before 1609, most people in Europe thought the Sun orbited around the earth. So dangerous was Galileo’s new idea that the purveyors of the status quo put him under house arrest for the remainder of his life.
You could literally make a list as long as your arm of ground-breaking ideas that were dismissed or squelched by the consensus. When you really peel away most consensus thinking, it’s more a belief than it is an evidence-based, final assessment of how the world is.
If you’re inspired to change the world, change it. If you’ve got the next big idea, don’t let “them” tell you it’s impossible.
Maybe you won’t leave the mark the Wright Brothers or Galileo did (or maybe you will), but don’t give up on your BIG idea. Keep pushing. Keep seeking. The truth is every consensus, every status quo was once a radical idea that changed everything.
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