Greatness: The quality of being great, eminence or distinction. Exceptionally high quality
I am sure this quote below describes my life, and perhaps as such, complicates it a little.
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso
By “complicates it” I mean that once I have reached a goal there is always another one already forming, thus it is an endless quest to strive for more. One thing I hope that I have instilled in my own children is this: you can be how talented and intelligent a human, but laziness will squelch each dream and goal. So try your hardest to resist the temptation to be lazy.
I am in the fortunate position that I work with highly skilled individuals which constantly teach me and moreover make me curious. I constantly research and ask questions and we have debates over subjects and it’s quite a lot of fun! I have to admit that there was a time in my life where I used to detest learning or doing anything I felt was too much effort. I’m sure I’m not the only one! But now I cannot rest in a vast chasm of emptiness and be satisfied.
I wonder often why it is that some people are simply not moved to do whatever it takes to learn whatever they need and do whatever it takes to get one step further up their ladder towards their goal. It seems that for a time there is a fire that initiates the idea, the will to do it and they start but slowly lose interest and leave the task.
Be it from going to gym or studying for that degree, self-motivation is incredibly difficult for some and others seem to have a built in mechanism to achieve no matter the odds.
Are you a self-starter or do you need someone to motivate you? Are you someone who starts a project and finishes it, or are you happy to lay it down for months on end until you ‘feel’ like doing it again? If you look at where you are today, is this where you saw yourself being five years ago? Did you set yourself a goal and have you achieved it or was it too daunting for you so you gave up? Are you a person that soldiers on, irrespective of the obstacles along the way? Are you by nature a curious person or do you take life at face value and never question? Do you think that you have failed to achieve your goals because you are lazy or does that not bother you? In the past, how many goals have you achieved that you can be proud of? Are you still striving to improve yourself? Do you think that the world is unfair and that you should be given opportunities instead of having to work for them? Have you the mind-set that, should present circumstances not be conducive to growth, you find another way?
Let answering the questions this week be your challenge (for your own benefit of course) and answer candidly. Let us try to strive towards greatness in our own way form hereon forward.