Ladies and gents,
It's been 5 years since I last posted, and, as they say, people get different as time passes.
I thought I'd give it a shot to see if I've still got it in me.
There are several cornerstones to completeness or fulfilment of life, and achievement certainly is one of them. When we're toddlers, it was an achievement to take our first step, then an achievement to utter our first word, be it something as simple of the two syllable word "ma-ma" or "pa-pa". Then, you go to preschool and learn to write alphabets and count. Fast forward, it was an achievement to graduate school to most of us, and finally university to us more fortunate ones. Finally, you're ready to take on the world, and move on to making a living for yourself.
When you're making a living for yourself, it gets slightly tougher to have an impactful achievement. Perhaps, coming up with an idea that changes the world, winning a Nobel Prize, or just driving your Lamborghini to your penthouse in the heart of the city. Everyone has a different idea on achievements, and I appreciate that, but I hope you get the idea of impactfulness.
I've come up with a concept of achievements, and would love to share it with you guys.
There are 3 elements to achieving in life, which I'll explain below.
The first element is what I'd like to call ambition. You may call them goals or dreams or targets, I hope you get the picture. Ambition, the way I'd put it, is your mind in action. It's literally, something which your mind could do at this very moment. So, set your ambitions high, reach for the sky. It's better to aim for the sun and land at the moon than aiming for nothing, and missing altogether. After all, you miss 100% of the shots which you don't take. Ambition is a good first step to take if you'd really like to make some changes. Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, and there's a reason why most of us make the same ones, year on year. It's really easy to have ambition, nevertheless it's definitely necessary to achieve in life.
The second element is sweat and blood, or hard work. This element is your body in action. I'd consider it the crux of achievement. You wanna make something happen, you gotta be willing to stick to what you're doing and not give up. As Nike would put it, "Just Do It". It's called HARDwork for a reason, it is difficult after all. But, if you're willing to stick to working on your ambition, it could materialise, which depends on the third element.
The third element is destiny. It's these things which you'd like to call luck, gamble, risk, or God's will, you get the point. This is your soul, just reaping what it deserves. The beauty about destiny is, there's not much that you can do about it. So just pray to God, for the willpower to continue on with getting to your achievement.
The beauty about these elements, it that you could follow them in the order I've presented them, or interchangeably. Allow me to illustrate it with an example of how it works.
A student looks up to an entrepreneur, and would like to be like him. One day while attending a seminar, the entrepreneur happened to be present, and he found out that this hero of his was an ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA). He too decides to follow suit. His dream was to become a ACA just like his hero, and so, his ambition was set. He decided to enroll into college, and studied hard to pass his exams. Let's take a step closer, and examine how we prepare for exams. We turn pages using our hands, and our eyes do the reading, and our body gets fatigued. Hard work, is your body in action. You write notes, your ears do the listening, you get what I mean. Ultimately, you sit for your exams and the finals results are out. Then, he sits for his finals and gets the results texted to him, his destiny is now achieved.
Alternatively, you could look at it this way. It was his destiny to attend the seminar and meet the entrepreneur. So, destiny came first after all. But, he couldn't have completed his course without hard work, nor ambition.
If you wanna win the lottery, you gotta have the ambition or a dream that you're gonna win. Then, most importantly, you gotta put in the effort to actually buy the lottery ticket. Hoping to strike lottery without buying the ticket, is plain obnoxious. To even have any chance of achieving your destiny getting lucky with the lottery, you gotta buy the ticket. So, enough of dreaming, starting working on getting your ticket.
Set your ambitions high, work hard, and destiny will come naturally. If you just work hard without ambition, then good luck with that. Hard work would make you good, but to go from good to great, it's gotta be paired with ambition.
If you know what you're worth, then go out there and prove to yourself that you are worth it.
Remember: ambition, hard work and destiny. Mind, body, and soul.