By Azugbene Solomon
The uncomfortable reality when you decide to go after your dreams is that at times it can be a very difficult and painful process. Nothing is free in this world, and if you really want to do the extraordinary, you will be called to make sacrifices.
“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” — Nikola Tesla
Think clearly about this. The process starts with you having a feeling of fulfillment when you study, focus and work on what you deeply value. Maybe it’s protecting the environment, changing the lives of children through education, developing new technologies that take humanity forward. It can be anything. I mostly value exploring the power of ordinary people to do the extraordinary.
Probably you’ve read before that is important for you to have a vision but this is just partially true. The vision is actually the outcome of your inner values. The vision may be blurry, but if you move forward from what you deeply value, this will create a sense of purpose and the vision will unfold along the way. The process starts within you when you honestly become aware of what you value and embrace it. This is your inner world.
Then, ideas begin to form in your mind of how you can transform this sense of purpose into reality. These ideas depend on your knowledge, your competence and their implementation depends on many external factors. This is the outer world.
The key to your success is finding the way to bridge the inner world with the outer world. How do you transform your passion and what you most value into a tangible benefit for the world so that it becomes sustainable? You transform your enthusiasm into a product or a business through your competence, knowledge and skills.
Unfortunately, when you lack the competence and the patience to acquire practical knowledge about the outer world, you challenge yourself and your inner world. You don’t say, “I know I am worthy to live my dream, I so greatly value this road that I will keep learning and working until I discover the way to make it happen.” Rather you unconsciously tend to think: “I am not good enough,” “Who am I to deserve this,” “I don’t think it’s possible,” etc.
When you lack the competence and the knowledge, never doubt yourself and never challenge your self worth. Simply understand that you need to put more work, do more research and create the competence to transform your dream into reality.
Think clearly about this. It’s never the extraordinary people who do the extraordinary. It’s the ordinary people like you and me who decide to step out, get up off their knees and take the journey. Because they complete the journey, ordinary people like you become extraordinary. You are worthy. Don’t be lazy.
For some, life is a waiting game. People wait for better timing or for the right moment. One day – they think – they will have all the right cards on their hands and opportunity will knock on their door, just like that. They won’t even have to get their butts off the comfy couch.
Nothing in life happens just like that. Opportunities are made, not given. Successful people get what they want because they work for it, they earn it. So if you’re looking for advice on how to succeed in life, here it is: Stop. Being. Lazy.