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I Can Make It Happen

History abounds with tales of
experts who were convinced that
the ideas, plans, and projects of
others could never be achieved.
However, accomplishment came to
those who said, "I can make it hap-
The Italian sculptor Agostino
d'Antonio worked diligently on a
large piece of marble. Unable to
produce his desired masterpiece,
he lamented, "I can do nothing with
it." Other sculptors also worked this
difficult piece of marble, but to no
avail. Michelangelo discovered the
stone and visualized the possibilities in it. His
"I-can-make-it-happen" attitude resulted in
one of the world's masterpieces - David.
The experts of Spain concluded that
Columbus's plans to discover a new and
shorter route to the West Indies was virtual-
ly impossible. Queen Isabella and King
Ferdinand ignored the report of the experts.
"I can make it happen," Columbus persisted.
And he did. Everyone knew the world was
flat, but not Columbus. The Nina, the Pinta,
the Santa Maria, along with Columbus and
his small band of followers, sailed to "impos-
sible" new lands and thriving resources.
Even the great Thomas Alva Edison dis-
couraged his friend, Henry Ford, from pursu-
ing his fledgling idea of a motorcar.
Convinced of the worthlessness of the idea,
Edison invited Ford to come and work for
him. Ford remained committed and tirelessly
pursued his dream. Although his first
attempt resulted in a vehicle without reverse
gear, Henry Ford knew he could make it hap-
pen. And, of course, he did.
"Forget it," the experts advised Madame
Curie. They agreed radium was a scientifical-
ly impossible idea. However, Marie Curie
insisted, "I can make it happen."
Let's not forget our friends Orville and
Wilbur Wright. Journalists, friends, armed
forces specialists, and even their father
laughed at the idea of an airplane. "What a
silly and insane way to spend money. Leave
flying to the birds," they jeered. "Sorry," the
Wright brothers responded. "We have a
dream, and we can make it happen." As a
result, a place called Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina, became the setting for the launch-
ing of their "ridiculous" idea.
Finally, as you read these accounts under
the magnificent lighting of your environment,
consider the plight of Benjamin Franklin. He
was admonished to stop the foolish experi-
menting with lighting. What an absurdity and
waste of time! Why, nothing could outdo the
fabulous oil lamp. Thank goodness Franklin
knew he could make it happen. You too can
make it happen!

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