Unsolvable

Meet George*.

May or may not be George. Looks like a George. How do you know it’s not George?

George was a university student running late for a statistics class. Not wanting to interrupt when he arrived, he copied down the two problems that were put up on the board as homework.

It took him a bit longer to work through the problems as they were a little harder than usual, but he completed them, apologising to his professor for the delay in getting his homework completed.

But the two problems were not homework. They were famously unsolved statistical problems. George Dantzig had revolutionised the statistical world, solving the unsolvable. There is no doubt that he was incredibly intelligent, but it wasn’t just his intelligence that solved it but also how he approached the problems as something that could be solved. His search for an answer was not clouded by thoughts that people had already tried and failed.

How we think about problems and challenges in our lives directly impacts our ability to work them out.

Just because something doesn’t appear to have a solution, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t one. It just means it hasn’t been found it yet.

What is currently unsolvable to you? What if it could be? What would that look like?