Moving from Impossible to Possible
I came across this powerful true story and wanted to share it with you... George Danzig was a grad student in mathematics at a time when jobs were very, very difficult to get in the United States.
His math professor, who was the head of the mathematics department, said to the grad students that whoever got the best grade on the final had the opportunity to be hired as his research assistant for the next year.
That job was a plum job. Everybody wanted the job. George said that he studied so hard for that test that he was up until the middle of the night and overslept and was actually late to the test.
But he got there in time to take the test, was handed the test and went to the back of the room. As he was answering the eight math questions, he got through the eight math questions fairly easily. When he looked on the blackboard and there were two problems on the board. He copied them down and he began to work on those two problems and he couldn't solve them.
He began to think that somebody in this room is going to solve these problems. What's wrong with me? He kept working and working and working on the problems. He couldn't get them solved and by the end of the time that was allowed some of the students asked for additional time to work.
The professor said they could take the test home and bring it back by Friday. So George too asked for more time. He said just bring the test back by Friday.
He went home and sat up night after night. This was Monday. All day Tuesday. Tuesday night. Wednesday and Wednesday night.
He just kept thinking somebody is going to get these solved. Why not me? Why not me? Finally by Thursday morning he had one of them solved. Then he kept working, working, working late into Thursday night and on Friday morning he solved the second one.
He took the test back and got it turned in by eleven am, which was the deadline. He went home wondering what would happen. Sunday morning at seven am there was a knock, knock, knock at his door.
He jumps out of bed. It's his professor. His professor says 'George, you've made mathematical history! I was thinking on the way over here, you were late to the test right?'