Often times we tend to live in our comfort zones. We are afraid of taking risks because of fear of the unknown. We always want to walk on safe ground. Whenever we have a project in mind, we tend to look at people who have walked down that road before. ‘Were they successful?’ That’s what we ask. We tend to forget that we are all different and no one can ever be the exact representation of who we are come what may. Your
When we have a unique idea that seems infamous, we tend to seek the approval of those close to us because we fear the outcome. Sometimes we don’t bother to seek a second opinion because our minds tell us that we are not good enough to venture into such grounds and that such ideas are meant for a ‘certain’ type of people. We even go to the extent of mentioning names and exclude ourselves from that ‘superior’ list. We become our own critics. As a result, we retreat to our cocoons and decide to live the normal lives we are used to because we do not want to go an extra mile and face uncertainties.
There are times we get nice ideas and put them into action. At the beginning we are all cheery, looking forward to the end result just because someone else ventured into that same business several years ago and became successful. What we fail to look into is the time and resources they had to sacrifice for them to get where they are right now. After a couple of weeks, we give up and start hunting for something else. When that too doesn’t pick up as fast as we had anticipated, we hop onto something else. This ends up in frustration and hopelessness because we did not get our desired results.
Overnight success is what we look for. We fail to understand that success is a journey which might take years of pure hard work with no fruits in the beginning. How well do you know what lies ahead of you five years to come should you persist on your dream? That which you are running from could be your major breakthrough in life. What differentiates successful people from the rest is the ability to pull through adversities with the optimism that better things lie ahead.
I got the inspiration to write this article from Robert Frost’s poem, The road Not taken. It made me think twice about all the projects that I was about to abandon because I thought they were not fruitful.
That Idea that you have been harboring for years could be your turning point. It could be the one to make all the difference in your life. The same idea that you try bringing up when with your friends and they turn it down because they think it is impossible, yes that one, could be your Jackpot. Years down the line you will be talking about how your decision was life-changing.
There will always be people who can do better in your field than you but don’t give up. Your hard work will eventually pay off.
“Nothing in this 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 educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent,” Calvin Coolidge.
Wishing you all the best as you pursue your dreams and interests because if you do not take that road you will never discover what lied ahead.