Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Stretch yourself

As a college student, George studied very hard and always late in the night... So late that he overslept one morning, arriving 20 minutes late for class.

He quickly copied the two math problems on the board, assuming they were the homework assignment. It took him several days to work through the two problems but finally he had a breakthrough and dropped the homework on the professor's desk the next day. Later, on a Sunday morning, George was awakened at 6 a.m. by his excited professor.

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! Simply put, George solved the problems because he didn't know he couldn't.

That boy was none other than George Dantzig--who is today known as the 'Father of Linear Programming.'

Stretch yourself to the maximum to know your limits.