Friday, October 4, 2013

The fourth Idiot





 All is well… All is well…All is well is a popular slang from a Bollywood movie’ 3 idiots’. if you have  seen the movie you would discover one of the actors committed suicide*picture above plus exactly why I titled the caption ‘the fourth idiot’*. It was Sylvia Plath that said ‘ I love my rejection slips, they show me I try’
Take a stroll round the walls of history and study the patriachs of time, and you will find mistakes, regrets and joys. Life is full of hiccups, you need a strong spirit to overcome. You might never get a trophy for fulfilling your dreams but you would have succeeded in fulfilling purpose. People love to quote how many times Harry Potter was rejected, Edison failed, how many times the Beatles were jumped over, how many times Micheal  Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team et al. These stories give us hope that we can achieve greatness despite several set-backs. The key ingredient is a ‘P’ word. Persistence, no not Pizza. When your song becomes the first on the top ten list, and your book becomes no 1 best seller or you appear on Forbes list as the most influential or powerful person on Earth, they don’t remember the countless night of endless rehearsals, the albums you remixed, the studio heat, the stage fright, the fears, the endless hours of waiting, the times you edited your work severally. No, that’s not an overnight success.
It’s a commonly stated rule of the thumb that it takes ’10,000 hours to master a skill’ if that doesn’t require persistence*shrugs* I don’t know what else does. In a world that is afforded seemingly less time to accomplish more tasks there remains one constant; we still have the same amount of time.
Persistence is not unique to anyone, it is a quality that can be learned. Today, our thoughts compete with the thoughts of many. Each day our thoughts are stolen from us, our attention stolen by messages from loved ones, advertising, phone calls, emergency and so much more. This makes it difficult to persist in anything when a lot that are part of the rich soup of life demands for attention with so much urgency it becomes annoying. In life shortcuts are very appealing. Yet throughout time persistence has proved very undisputed in achieving success. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of uneducated derelicts. The slogan press on is still of great relevance.

So, It’s happened several times, you get a job, an appointment, a project etc. Then you start out with plenty enthusiasm. In a rush of energy, we believe we can conquer the world. However, as the everyday grind of working on our dream sets in, we find the ice-cream soda starting to lose its frizz, the ball its bounce and the perfume its fragrance, long hours at the laptop sometimes, having to give up social outings but you’ve got to push harder cos sometimes in life you don’t need a rainmaker* you fill in that positon*. The ‘P’ word!!! means never say never.  Yes, in life you might just have to be your rainmaker. Cheerio

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