April 29th, 2011 21:04 EST
How Will You Break Your Sound Barrier?
As a resident of the Sunshine state for almost twenty years, I have had the privilege of witnessing the space shuttle (www.spaceflight.nasa.gov) taking off from Cape Canaveral - Kennedy Space Center. My family and I have also been awakened by a loud gun shot "BOOM" sound when the shuttle breaks the sound barrier as it returns back to Earth. This experience will forever stay etched in your mind.
As you may already know, the sound barrier refers to a point in which an aircraft moves from transonic to supersonic speed. In the 1940`s, an aircraft would experience compression that struck the plane, thereby impacting it from further acceleration. Scientists believed that the drag on the aircraft caused by the approaching speed made it impossible for it to reach or exceed the speed of sound without being destroyed.
In the 1950`s through advancing technology, aircrafts were able to effortlessly break the sound barrier. As you know, sound is a type of energy made by vibrations. When any object vibrates it causes a sound wave that you will hear. Now, allow me to fuse the two thoughts together.
The global economy has been sputtering along as it attempts to regain a normal speed. Many people have been sidelined because of the sound of no jobs, the sound of depleted retirement accounts, the sound of an empty house that was lost in foreclosure. The sound of lost hope is equivalent to being left at the bus stop of life. Yes, there are hurting people in the world and it pains me that many have to start over because a few people let the spirit of greed overtake them. Nevertheless, they will reap what they have sowed. It`s a universal law.
As a result of people buying into the sound wave of fear, a barrier has been created. This boundary has blocked many from breaking through to their next dimension of possibility or even for some their desire for the American dream.
In my attempt to break the sound barrier in my life, I started reading Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto, who also wrote Dumbing Us Down. I was knocked off my feet when I read the following excerpt from his book - a 1906 document called Occasional Letter Number One: "In our dreams...people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions (of intellectual and moral education) fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk.
We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen- of whom we have an ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple...we will organize children and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way." The author then said "they didn`t want brains or talent, just obedience."
After reading this, everything just clicked for me. For a long time, I have felt like an outsider, an oddball, a loner. I have sensed that I had more to offer the world, but somehow had been taught to be a good corporate citizen and consumer instead of thinker and explorer. A mental artificial barrier was established through twenty years of conditioning - go to school, get a job, work hard and get promoted, save a few dollars, retire and then die. Really? Is that it? Is that what I have to look forward to and will that be the entire meaning of my life? No way!
I broke the sound barrier of my life and so can you. I broke it because I had unlimited potential but was living a limited life. I broke it because what was inside of me was bigger than what I was experiencing outside of me. I broke it because I was listening to someone tell me what I couldn`t be, do, and have. The more receptive I became to the sound waves of swimming upstream, going against popular opinion, walking alone, giving up what was comfortable, convenient, and calculating, then and only then did the internal barriers of mediocrity begin to diminish.
As you look around the world, we are experiencing a new generation of thinking that is breaking the sound barrier in the blink of an eye. We are seeing and sensing what psychologists call a new "set-point" or mind-set. In his book, The Greatest Secret, Ron McIntosh tells a classic story; in 1953, no runner had ever broken the four-minute mile barrier. In fact, many thought it was impossible. However, Roger Bannister believed it could be done and in 1954 became the first man to break the four-minute barrier.
Ron goes on to say "once Bannister did it, someone else broke his record within one month. Before the end of the year, six others broke the four-minute mile. Within another year, sixty people had broken the barrier. When people thought it was impossible, it was impossible. When a man believed in his heart, and changed his thinking, what was considered to be impossible became possible."
Just think, www.ebay.com broke the barrier and allowed people to list items for an online auction. Then the founders of www.groupon.com broke the barrier with an added twist by creating a deal-of-the-day website that is localized to major markets in the United States. Now, www.moolala.com has broken the barrier by combining daily deals with the most powerful marketing force - word-of-mouth/social media. They will pay you 2% of the deal value on any purchase you make. Then, if you refer friends, they`ll pay you 2% of the deal value your friends buy.
I have three brilliant tips for you to Break Your Sound Barrier.