Pushing The Envelope



The timid never attains greatness.  He is doomed to a life of cautious wading in the shallows of accomplishment.”  –  Edmond Burke

During my time away from tech, I was asked why I continue to “push the envelope.”  It got me thinking.  You know the phrase ” push the envelope” became popular after it appeared in Tom Wolfe’s book, The Right Stuff, written in 1979.  I discovered the origination of the phrase refers to a mathematical envelope, a concept I found very difficult to understand.  The common reference is to a “flight envelope” and has to do with the upper and lower limits of the various factors within which it is safe to fly.

So, I guess, in my life and work, I’m guilty of pushing the limits.  So be it.  Maybe that’s one of the factors that has made my life so special.  We don’t always choose the safest path, but we’re always determined to follow a path that provides the greatest opportunity for growth; for our friends, families and ourselves.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. Amazing to think that whenever we push the envelope that Christ is pulling it. He always has more for us, and it's great to hear that you are determined not to be limited or bound by the world. Do you have something specific that you believe is pushing you at the moment?