That pretty much sums up any great accomplishment in life too.
Only you have to do the hard work. Not the church priest, not the fellow devotees, and even God cannot help you finish your task.
Anything worthwhile will take your energy, effort, and focus. It won’t happen in a rush nor will it be so wonderfully exciting all the time.
But it has to be done. God can perhaps give you the faith and self-confidence but you’ve gotta move your butt.
In his amazing little book, The Dip, Seth Godin writes how we need to overcome the obstacles called procrastination and despair to keep doing what we love often.
For some, life is just a merry ride. For the rest of us folks who want to build/create/make/paint/shoot/draw/design/film/write, life is a little bit of hard work too. And hey, don’t complain that your dog ate your homework or that God didn’t do it for you either.
If you try to hustle though your life in a quick rush, you will end up bumping onto something ugly.
It isn’t done that way.
Yes, there is your career. Yes, there are your passions. Yes, there is your marriage, and yes there are your kids and more stressfully, a lot of your friends are ahead of you.
But everything has a time mark on it. And you can’t pre-empt it today, all at once. Then why do you fret about those things and worry a lot?
Instead, go simple. Go with a slower approach and relish the today you have in your hands.
Break your BIG BODACIOUS dream into a tiny piece and bite that today. Just a little bit. Need not be productive or successful as per the external world’s metrics, but atleast you will be satisfied that you have accomplished something worthwhile.
I’ve done my bit by writing this blog. My heart is filled with joy. What do you plan to do today?
Inauguration speeches, group discussions, extempore contests, debating clubs, creative essays, impressive PowerPoint presentations and short-films.
That was pretty much everything I did in my undergrad. Ofcourse, in the free time, I also took some engineering courses. Haha.
Well, my point is, you can look at your college as an engineering only, geeky-nerdy-IIT-like college that resembles a factory. Or you are welcome to look at it differently.
Like a wonderful launchpad. For all of your creative talents.
I wasn’t a Shakespeare when I joined the college, but I realized I had an urge in me to write. I loved creativity and being artistic. It was, I thought, the only way the world could know how unique I was. Hence, I pushed myself every time at every opportunity that came my way. And boy, my college gave me plenty of them.
Yes, there was resistance from all sides. Including my inside. I didn’t know why I was loving something that doesn’t belong in engineering: CREATIVITY.
But, here’s the thing. I was wrong. I thought engineering was all about geeky-math equations and differential amplifiers. That’s true though, however, as my life progressed I realized how big of an impact my creativity had in everything I did.
All you aspiring writers, dancers, singers, musicians, photographers and film-makers, don’t wait for the best time to start something. Infact, in my view, the best time was yesterday. The second best time is today. Start working on your dream. And please for heaven’s sake, stop sulking.
Where’s that big opportunity then?
It’s right in front of you. In a smaller version. Open your eyes!
that’s when life gets tougher. And you need to get stronger too.
The rising tide is a metaphor to any great challenge in life.
At work, in your education, in a relationship or in your family, life can give you lemons. I’m not joking, it always does. Some small, some big.
That new programming language you are struggling to learn, that new dance form you are trying to master, that new presentation you are waiting to prepare, that new issue you should discuss with your partner, that new frugal practice you want to take up, that new diet change you want to make.
Any or all of the above could be challenging depending on what you are going through in life.
But like they say, when the going gets tough, only the tough get going.
Be a tough person. Remember your best times where you’ve clung onto something and it worked. Giving up is usually the open door always. Look at the unopened yet beautiful satisfying and enriching door.
It’s called success. It’s hard to open and wait, there’s no master key to that. But I guess we know the passcode: Sheer discipline and hard work.