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The sky is not the limit

No one can put a limit on you without your permission.

Eli Whitney was laughed at when he showed his cotton gin. Edison had to install his electric light free of charge in an office building before anyone would even look at it. The first sewing machine was smashed to pieces by a Boston mob. People scoffed at the idea of railroads. People thought that traveling thirty miles an hour would stop the circulation of the blood. Morse had to plead before ten Congresses before they would even look at his telegraph. Yet for all of these people the sky was not the limit.

In grade school I learned this little ditty and it has stuck with me ever since. "Beware of those who stand aloof and greet each venture with reproof; the world would stop if things were run by men who say, 'It can't be done.'"

Do you hope and strive for the very best, or do you just hope to avoid the worst? Is there some area where you've been your own worst enemy, putting your own limits on success?

Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unlocked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks and shut off the burglar alarm -- it was gone! Don't be one of those leaders who spend their lives looking around, looking down or looking behind, when you need to be looking up. The sky is not the limit.

Look around your world. Can you see the limits, the "I can'ts or shouldn'ts" that you have created for yourself? Remove just one this week and start to see just how high you can go.


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This looks an awful lot like this page (as in almost verbatim) from the book Know Your Limits: Then Ignore Them, by John Mason:


Some attribution might be good.

I love that quote regardless of where it came from. It is a beautiful quote and very inspirational. Why must attribution occur - the whole point is not to set limits but to reach for the stars and if that means borrowing (or stealing), so be it!

The whole blog is ripped straight out of the aforementioned book. That's not ok. Inspirational or not.

Seriously - this is much ado about nothing. Oh wait, I borrowed that from William Shakespeare. I better attribute that.

William Shakespeare - approximately, 1598-99.

IP Police is 100% correct - theft is theft, even if it is inspirational. I'm sure the original author of the blog wouldn't appreciate it being lifted whole cloth and passed off as someone else's work. Stazi is an idiot.

Hardly is IP Police correct. The copyright system is and always has been about a balance between creators and the public, if that balance becomes askew, once can rest assured that new laws will be passed to correct. Blindly trying to expand copyright law, especially through term extensions, there will be concessions elsewhere.

It’s time for artists to stop thinking that more is always better and decide what balance would work best for them while still maintaining the spirit of what copyright law is supposed to achieve.

I appreciate your belief in your thoughts. You're wrong. But, at least you are convicted in your stance. I've actually practiced intellectual property law; not sure about you.

There is a common misnomer these days that if it's findable on the internet, then you can copy and use however you want. Simply not true. And this work that was lifted isn't old enough to worry about term extensions and the like. And this blog would hardly be fair use. I was mainly writing to make sure Ms. Poertner knew that others knew she didn't write this. You're belief in whether that's ok is really irrelevant to me. Done with the trolls now. Bye.

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