DISCLAIMER: I did not write this. My friend, Shobhit Mishra, did. I did, however, write the post you’re presumably reading now. It’s an a brief overview of the linked article above, and my responses to it.
Fundamental Truth #1:
The human brain is the most powerful tool available to us, given freely from God. There isn’t one that’s inferior, or that somehow makes them subhuman. We may think differently (for instance, some of us-myself included—are analytical thinkers,) but that doesn’t in any way justify failure, ignorance or neglect. Our capacity to learn, observe and grow as individuals is unparamount and equal. Stop making excuses for yourselves.
Fundamental Truth #2:
What is that you want the most ?
More than anything, I want to provide for my family, and I want to be able to do so through my writing.
What is your one desire for which you ready to sacrifice your comfort for ? How badly you want it?
At this point, I am willing to sacrifice just about anything, except for quality time spent with my family. They’re very important to me. As for how badly do I want it, I’m not sure I know how to answer that. I am conflicted. On the one hand, I want it very much. On the other, I haven’t put forth much effort in recent years.
How you look yourself as successful?What does that version of yours look like?
The vision that I have of myself as being a successful writer and/or creative person (because I’m also interested in other aspects of Art, such as painting and charcoal drawing; pottery and sculpting,) looks kind of hazy, as I can’t quite grasp the visual as a probable reality. But I’ve always seen myself as walking into a bookstore and seeing my fiction on the shelf. Then in slow motion, I approach it with trembling fingers, and there’s an emotion not unlike an unattainable object. You know? That is the vision I see.
What does your heart say when you are working on your dream?Does it agree or disagree?
My heart’s in complete agreement. Working hard on art makes my heart incredibly happy, it tugs on the strings there.
What makes you think that you will be satisfied for life on achieving it?
The truth is, I’m not sure that I’ll ever be completely satisfied with any of my achievements, and I’m not sure why. But if I never try (and give it my all,) I certainly won’t be satisfied. And I’ll always question myself. The could have-would have-should have’s of one’s existence.
Shobhit advises us to dive deep in the answering of these critical question. What do YOU really want, more than anything else?
“Researches say that our mind generates about 70,000 thoughts a day on an average ,but most of them are just mere repetitions of the words you hear,the dreams you had or images of anything you saw while you were awake.In this huge sea of thoughts,it is your job to direct your focus on the single most important one responsible for shaping your life.”
On the heels of that, he poses additional questions, which go deeper:
Is realizing your dream ENOUGH? Does realizing your wants make you work towards it?
It surely should be. For many, that mere epiphany of one’s dreams isn’t enough. Notnearly enough. But why is this? In the next section, he examines why.
Fundamental Truth #3:
“Just like a coating of zinc prevents the iron from rusting, the reason acts in the same way to prevent that desire from fading in the mind and keeps it alive for as one continues the journey towards success.
“One cannot simply keep up with the shortcomings and failures that hinder his/her path to success,unless there is a very strong reason backing up the wants.It helps one to climb back up after falling back a few steps in the ladder as it reminds what is he/she here for and what made him/her choose this path.”
What he’s saying here should be self-explanatory. On the cusp of that, another very important series of questions, as follows:
Why is this desire so important to me?What will it produce as a consequence if I accomplish it for me and my family?
It is important to me because it is all-encompassing. Writing, and the Arts in general, are all I know. I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. At least, not happily. If I’m successful in becoming a writer, the hope is that I’m able to do it full-time, and as a direct result, provide for my family. I want that almost as much (or equally so) as my desire to write. Create.
Why should I continue even after failing again and again?
Simply put, I can only fail if I give up. The many trials and tribulations along the journey can only strenthen me. In the end, we learn and mature much more through failure and/or mistakes than through our successes.
What are the real reasons behind my decision of choosing to go after desires?Why should I care?
Hmm, excellent question. One which requires much consideration. Having done that, I have always wanted to write. Even as a kid nine or ten years old, stories played a significant part of my life. At the time, I thought I wanted to write horror (a genre that I’m still passionate about,) and being the naïve, sheltered child that I was, I thought that you started by coming up with interesting chapter titles, intead of the other way around.
I care because, like I said before, being a practitioner of the Arts is the only thing-as far as I know—that genueinely makes me happy. It ccauses my blood to simmer, in a positive way.
Why this desire of mine is bigger than the opinions I hear from people around me?Why should I constantly keep learning in order to grow?
I am passionate about learning. In fact, I’m always looking for new ways to grow, and a big part of that comes through learning. Knowledge is all around us; we need only to have a desire for it and to search it out, absorb it. My interests aren’t exclusive to the Arts, either. I’m eccentric.
Regarding the opinions of those around me, I feel really fortunate and blessed to have an amazing support system. Nearly everyone has encouraged and supported me along the way, from college English professor to my beloved wife to my mother and father. And then, of course, my good friend, Holly, whom I know only through social media. They’ve all be positive, and always will be. One of my fears is that I don’t possess thick enough skin to battle negative constructive criticism. Only the future will tell, I suppose.
Fundamental Truth #4:
This final elemetal truth is the most important.
“Actually,” Shobhit writes, “it is something that binds all the other elements and they are dependent on this.”
Very well said.
Mark 9:23 “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” This statement is the strongest evidence in the world to support the fact the degree of possibility is proportional to the degree of believing and the same gets reflected while you work.If one believes strongly in achieving the dream he/she want, the results get the person one step over…
In closing, take a moment to dwell on the fact that determined individuals with no legs not only qualify for the Olympics; they complete the race. Their placing isn’t the point. The fact is, they did it. They continually do it, and so can you.