Imagination is more important than knowledge
– Albert Einstein
Have you ever hesitated to express your idea or point of doubt in a meeting or during a session or a class?
If yes, don’t worry, you are normal. But have you ever given a thought to this picture?
What keeps you from expressing your views over here? It’s your brain. As we fear that there may be a possibility of our point turning pointless; Or that our idea might end us up in being laughed at; Or that our notion might not prove to be welcoming to the listener…
And so on. Our brain enlists all the possibilities of failures and keeps us from taking a risk or a chance of bringing up a new idea, springing up in our mind.
The point to be noted here is the fact that our brains have a natural tendency to keep us alive and thus safe. And to do so, it magnifies the risks around us so that we keep away from them and are thus secure. Questions and answers like, “Do you wanna be embarrassed?”, No, No!”, “What a silly idea it may be to make a fool yourself in the public?”, “Stay quiet.”, etc fill our minds up to the brim.
At last, we subdue our ideas and imagination and chose to follow the crowd and their discoveries without coming up with ‘the something new’ that was trying to sprout out of our grey matter.
But, as has been correctly quoted,
Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.
To stand out of the crowd, to do something big you need to allow your imagination out of your brain, you need to take the risk of bringing up the idea in front of everyone without fussing about the consequences that may be. You need to learn to accept the fact that an idea is the necessary foundation to something great, that could be, so even if it has a possibility of failure you will have to take the risk of trying (outlining it through your words or presenting it) .
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
As Mark Twain said,
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Don’t be afraid to try!