Persistence

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”Calvin Coolidge

They say it’s not how good you are, but how good you want to be.

They say it’s all about will power.

I agree.

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try one more time.”
Hope. Man’s greatest strength and biggest weakness. Continue reading

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heart

To most of us this simple word means much more than just the muscle that keeps us alive. It defines our ability to feel, to love, to care, to suffer deeply, to evolve, to fight on… it is the source of all our power, our greatest strength and our greatest weakness.

To me the word implies all that is good and bad and wonderful and frightening in a human being. It’s the essence of who we are, the inexorable truth of the human condition. Found in the center of what we call one’s soul, the heart is the passion we are capable of mustering, is the strength that we are capable of summoning, the ability to love… Continue reading

Realism

When I was seven years old, I decided that I would one day become the richest man in history. I’d move to the US, change my name to Chris Packlem, and buy all the big corporations. Oh, and I’d have an assistant named John.

I didn’t question this plan. I never wondered if maybe, just maybe, greatness wasn’t for me. Life had yet to defeat me. Or maybe it did… maybe it was doing so.

You see, each year, around my birthday(Christmas Day) I’d get really sick and we often had to rush to the hospital. One time I had really high fever and almost swallowed my tongue. Antibiotics and all that followed.

Sickly boy, I was. Continue reading

Try and fail

Failure is the building block of success. Failure is what’s probably going to happen when you step outside your comfort zone.

Simply put, whenever you’re going to try something for the first time, you’ll probably fail. But it’s the only way you’ll ever be able to learn how to do it.

In theory there’s no difference between theory and practice, but… from a practical standpoint there is a difference.

The only to learn how to do something is to do it. And you’ll fail. Over and over again. Better and better until you get it perfectly.

The idea is to welcome failure as feedback. Nothing more, nothing less. Of course, failure hurts our egoes, but we should also understand that failure is a lesson. There’s more to learn, something to improve upon.

Of you invest time and energy you can turn any failure into success.

It is that simple.

But is anything but easy…

Success and fear and stuff

fearMost people like to believe talent, hard work, and luck are among the determining factors of success. For a long time I thought you only need two of them.

But, actually, if you want to be successful, and it doesn’t matter if all you want is to become a great dancer or actor or writer, or whether you want to pick up pretty girls in bars, you just have to be willing to make a fool out of yourself. Continue reading

Magic

To love.

To be loved.

To always be aware that you’re just a small part of this universe, yet an essential one.

To understand that everyone you meet in life is just like you. To respect them for the moments in which they act as if they’re not. Continue reading

Run

I remember watching one of Jim Rohn’s speeches. He was telling how one time a couple girl scouts wanted to sell him cookies, and he didn’t have any money. He swore never to feel humiliated like that again.

Truth be told, men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than they do to get what they want. You hit rock bottom and want to escape it so badly that you work your ass off to never be there again.

Once you get sick of your own bullshit, once you get so uncomfortable with what you have, who you are, then it’s the time to change. To become someone else. To grow, to expand…

Yet, happiness can only be found when standing still. Quite the paradox. Quite the dilemma.