I ask all of my students, upon meeting them, “What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?”
You should see the wheels start turning inside their heads.
I cannot remember who first posed this question to me. But it sounds like something I would have learned in prison. In real life, there is no “irresistible force” and no “immovable object”. The question is meant as merely a mental exercise. But it accomplishes two ends. First, it provokes critical thinking. Second, it develops a strong mental attitude.
Suppose you are an irresistible force headed toward an objective. Nothing can stop you (unless maybe it’s an immovable object). Now imagine that you are an immovable object, able to stand your ground against any force (except maybe an irresistible force).
If you are going to come at me, Tiger, you better bring everything you have, because I’m not budging. But if I coming at you, there is nothing that you can put before me to stop me- not even money.