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Moving Beyond Imagination

July 18, 2011

Moving Beyond Imagination

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Joseph Joubert said, “He who has imagination without learning, has wings and no feet.”

Imagination can be very powerful and inspire us in exciting and creative ways.   As Joseph Joubert suggests, imagination alone is insufficient. It must be coupled with knowledge and skill sets, and I would add action and practice, to truly move us forward.  Imagination is the spark.  Knowledge and skills form the engine.  Action and commitment are the fuels for transforming what we imagine into reality.

Over the years I have worked on innumerable projects in which my ideas and imagination formulated the concepts I wanted to bring to life.  My experience and the experience of many others bears out the truth behind Thomas Edison’s famous quote, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”  Like most of us, I am far from being a genius.  Once I have an idea, I know it is perspiration and persistence that leads to success and fulfilling posibilities.   Inspiration and imagination are the sparks.

Imagination or inspiration coupled with knowledge, skills and action are what truly make a difference.  Too many great ideas have had wings but never went anywhere and never landed for lack of expertise and effort.   As your imagination soars, apply the expertise you have and seek the expertise you cannot supply yourself, partner with those who can, and begin the work to turn your inspiration and imagination into reality.  That’s the key to creating a different future.  When you put all that together, then you move beyond imagination and as Albert Einstein also said, “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Steve Weitzenkorn


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2013 6:33 pm

    I’m doing a speech on imagination and came to see this sight and i love it!! thanks for the display of imagination! Now I can have ideas to use from and i will tell my teacher the source I used. thanks so much:)

    • January 18, 2013 6:35 pm

      plus can you tell me where i can find you i need you in a lot of things and if you are not just one person then it doesn’t really matter! bye!

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