Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan, a Tribute

Doing the Impossible

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In the last week, we have seen the passing of great legends. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” and only just a few days ago, Kofi Annan, revered as “a guiding force for good”.

Both of them were legends; juggernauts in their professions and beacons of light to our generation. They did the impossible while they were with us.

What does it take to do the Impossible?

So what does it take to do the impossible? What is involved in being a trailblazer; someone that charts the course for others to follow?

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. – Francis of Assisi

In this quote by Saint Francis Assisi, the Patron Saint of Italy, we are given a simple, yet powerful advice on how to do the impossible. Let’s take a closer, more practical look at what this quote means.

First do what is Necessary

First, according to Saint Francis, we must do what is necessary. Regardless of your endeavor, you must do what is necessary. For example, to setup an international business, you must have it legally incorporated. This of course includes registering the company, setting up a Board of Directors, selecting a CEO, opening a corporate bank account and other such things for setting up a company. You can take a look at this 12 step guide to starting a business here.

Then do what’s Possible

Next, we have to do what is possible. For example, if you already run a company, you must have a marketing budget. In today’s world, you should also have a website for your company. You can also engage an advertisement agency to carry out TV, Radio and other mass media adverts for your company. Also, you could consider online and social media adverts. The idea here is to do as much as you can within your budget.

The “Possimpible”

According to Francis Assisi, once you start doing what’s necessary and what’s possible, you will find that you are doing the impossible. It’s interesting because the possible and impossible are closely connected. As Barney Stinson in the TV Sitcom “How I met your Mother” so eloquently put it, the possible and the impossible meet at a place called the “Possimpible”.

A Tribute to Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan

As we celebrate the lives and legacies of Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan, we must remember that they worked very hard. They did what was necessary. They were very well trained in their fields. They had years of experience before they stepped into the limelight. And when they did finally reach the peak of their careers, they continued with this tried and tested rule: To do the impossible, do everything that’s necessary and then do what’s possible.

As is our custom, we end today’s post with a funny quote from Sloan Wilson:

“Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders”. – Sloan Wilson

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We join the rest of the world to celebrate Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan. Thank you for the legacies you left behind and the pathways you created for us. Rest in peace.

If you have anything special to say about Aretha Franklin or Kofi Annan, please leave your comments below. We would love to hear from you and hear what words you have to say to honor these great giants.

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