On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1 became the first human in space; on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon. As of today, 2013, spaceflight has become something of a routine and what we take for granted. If you rewind some 50 or more years, space exploration was deemed impossible and bordering insanity.
Years before humans ventured into the unknowns of the cosmos, in 1959, Dr. David Schwartz published his highly inspiring masterpiece: “The Magic of Thinking Big” One particular passage from the opening chapter, remains true even today.
Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.
Actually, in these modern times, belief is doing much bigger things than moving mountains, The most essential element – in fact, the essential element – in our space explorations today is belief that space can be mastered. Without firm, unwavering belief that a man can travel in space, our scientists would not have the courage, interest, and enthusiasm to proceed…Currently, there is some talk of building a tunnel under the English Channel to connect England with the Continent. Whether this tunnel is ever built depends on whether responsible people believe it can be built.
Belief in great results is the driving force, the power behind all great books, plays, scientific discoveries. Belief in success is behind every successful business, church, and political organization. Belief in success is the one basic, absolutely essential ingredient of successful people.
Believe, really believe, you can succeed, and you will.
Most importantly you should also remind yourself of Dr. Schwartz’s message:
(Remember) to see what can be, not just what is.
-Dr. David Schwartz
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