Inspirational Story of George Dantzig

Here’s a story about George Dantzig – the famed mathematician, whose contributions to Operations Research and systems engineering have made him immortal.

As a college student, George studied very hard often late into the night. So late, that he overslept one morning arriving 20 minutes late for Prof. Neyman’s class.

He quickly copied the two math’s problems on the board, assuming they were the homework assignment. It took him several hours to work through the two problems, but finally he had a breakthrough and dropped the homework on Prof. Neyman’s desk the next day.

Six weeks later, on a Sunday morning, his excited professor awakened George at 6 a.m.

Since George was late for class, he hadn’t heard the professor announce that the two unsolvable equations on the board were mathematical mind-teasers that even Einstein hadn’t been able to answer!

But George Dantzig, working without any thoughts of limitation, had solved not one, but two problems that had stumped mathematicians for thousands of years.

He simply said, “George solved the problems because he didn’t know he couldn’t.”

A person is limited only by the thoughts that he/she chooses. All you must do is figure out how you can do it, not whether or not you can!

I found this story very inspiring.

How many times in our life do we fail to even attempt something just because we think that we might not succeed?

Always try and think for a solution for a task rather than wasting time on thinking whether you could do it or not. I am sure you will keep surprising yourself with your own potential. So next time whenever you get a task, just believe in yourself and do it.

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