Math is without a doubt, one of the most difficult subjects in school. Many students see to it that they give extra attention to this subject so that they can learn the methods and formulas and use them in solving difficult Math problems.
This is why this student was very problematic when he went to school but was 20 minutes late in coming in for his Statistics class. When he went in, a problem was written on the board so he figured it may be an assignment that they need to solve for the next class.
So, he copied it and decided to just dwell on it later. However, when he tried solving the problem, he found it very difficult and he thought that he might have missed most of the class discussion given that he was late for 20 whole minutes.
But, despite the difficulty, he still managed to come up with a solution to the given problem. Only that he wasn’t sure if any of it was right.
The next day, he went to class and submitted the problem he worked on the previous night. Without knowing that there was in fact, no assignment assigned to the whole class, and the problem written on the board was an unsolvable one. Not even the greatest mathematician during that time can solve it.
A few days after, the student was called to the Dean’s office. Thinking that there may be something negative that is about to happen, he already prepared himself for the worst.
But, when he went inside, he was surprised that his professor and even the Dean congratulated him. It turns out that all his answers to the unsolvable problems were correct. Because of this, he became a renowned Mathematician and is still honored even during the present time.
The student we are talking about in this story is non-other than George Bernard Dantzig, the father of Linear programming. Dantzig is known for his development of the simplex algorithm, an algorithm for solving linear programming problems.
He believes that like Math problems, facing problems in our lives every single day is only a matter of perspective. When we think about it being a difficult one and having no solution at all, we will surely be stuck in it. But, if we think about it as just another hurdle that we can simply jump on and get over with, surely, in no time, we can win against it.