Scott Hardie | January 5, 2020
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Steve West | January 5, 2020
1. Feed the World
2. World Peace for more than a millennium
3. Permanent homes for the homeless better than a shelter, prison or institution
4. Create a society where prisons are not needed
5. Find a parent for every child
6. Rid the world of fatal disease
7. Eliminate all natural disasters
8. All of the above

So many more...

Steve West | January 5, 2020
On personal (selfish) level:

1. Build Disney World in my backyard (fully staffed but no crowds)
2. Bring back Firefly
3. Have a French chef and a chauffeur
4. Movie theater in my basement
5. Basement
6. Win the decathlon
7. Be able to snow and water ski
8. Wrestle an alligator and not lose a limb
9. Closet full of Rock band T-shirts starting with Death Cab for Cutie
10. Write a relevant, entertaining best-seller.
11. Vulcan neck pinch
12. Intergalactic travel
13. Time travel
14. Teleportation
15. Be an X-Man

Samir Mehta | January 5, 2020
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Scott Hardie | January 6, 2020
It's up to you to interpret how you'd like.

Erik Bates | January 6, 2020
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Scott Hardie | January 17, 2020
I noticed this quote on one of those inspirational office decorations you see around. Normally that stuff is meaningless fluff to me -- though I despise the phrase "don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon," because it completely misses the point of the saying "the sky is the limit" -- but for whatever reason, this one got me thinking.

After years of playing video games, I couldn't help but notice that all video game protagonists share a super-power that overwhelmingly tilts the odds in their favor: You can restart the game an infinite number of times (with a few exceptions), and in modern games, you can save your progress at will and return to the last save point when you died. So as long as you have the patience, you'll always accomplish your goals by retrying infinitely. I'm sure that if I had that power for real, and I could restart *life* at will from a save point... well, first I'd get rich within 48 hours from a visit to Vegas, but I hope that I would use the power to do some good in the world, because there's vast potential.

And that got me thinking about how we don't take chances. For instance, if my boss said something really dumb, I would have to be very tactful in pointing it out, or not point it out at all, because I wouldn't want to risk getting chewed out or fired. But if I could simply return to a previous save point at will, I'd feel free to exclaim to my boss, "That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard," or something similarly harsh. I'd go through life saying and doing all sorts of wild things like that, just to blow off steam, because why not when there are no consequences? And do you know what? Some of them would work. My boss might pause and reconsider and thank me for my harshness because it made him realize his error. I'm not single and not inclined to hit on strangers, but if I was, I'd hit on the most impossibly unattainable women out of my league just for fun, and I'd probably find out that sometimes it would work.

Which makes me think that opportunities are truly all around us that we dismiss as improbable. And it makes me want to take a lot more risks. It's exciting to think of the possibilities! Maybe this is why confident people seem so happy; they're excited by opportunities that we can't see.

Samir Mehta | January 19, 2020
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