Words of Encouragement: A Journey That Never Ends
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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Disclaimer: I began writing this in August of 2011. Finally finished it up and decided to publish it!
This post is a follow up to Keep Your Head Held High where I share important lessons I’ve learned these past few years.
When I’m annoyed, angry, or stressed out sometimes I feel the need to write to get away from everything. It helps me clear my mind. So here I am letting my fingers flow on the keyboard. My punctuation and grammar may not be the greatest on this post, but fuck it. Clickity clack.
Quality over quantity
We’ve all heard this one time and time again. Quality really does go a long way. I’ve seen evidence countless times throughout my [short] life, especially in the corporate world. A lot of the time it seems like people are willing to sacrifice quality for quantity because of greed. They do this for instant gratification rather than think about the long-term. Don’t get caught up in this game because it will lead you down the wrong path. It’s kind of like the saying there are no shortcuts in life. When you do things the right way, even if it means it will take longer, you’ll see a more handsome reward in the end with whatever it is you’re trying to do or accomplish.
Always ask the questions others are afraid to ask
People are afraid of stepping on other people’s toes. Don’t be. Successful people have reached the top because they took risks, they asked the right questions, and they had the courage to hold themselves accountable for their words, actions, and performance. Whether it be on the field, in school, during an interview, or at your job don’t be afraid to ask the questions no one else will. I’ve learned that if you don’t ask the questions everyone else is afraid of asking you’ll stumble upon those answers later down the road when you’re kicking yourself in the ass and regretting not asking those questions to begin with. Clarity comes to those who ask the right questions at the appropriate time.
Never underestimate the power of passion
Passion goes a long way. Without passion you have no vision. Life without passion is living death. Have a purpose and with that purpose, conviction. If you believe in something then there’s nothing in the world that can or should be able to stop you. There will always be pessimists alongside of us. We must ignore those critics and not let them get the best of us. Just remember, someone trying to bring you down is already beneath you.
Devote yourself to an idea and make that idea into a reality
This one goes hand-in-hand with the previous topic “never underestimate the power of passion.” Devoting yourself to something, anything, can be quite tough. A lot of things are usually running through our minds, such as “am I making the right decision” or “is this idea really worth pursuing”? You never know unless you devote yourself to that idea and give it EVERYTHING you have. Blood, sweat, and tears. Be 100% committed to your ideas or don’t be committed at all.
The negative will trump the positive
Don’t dwell on the negative. It’s easy to get into a slum and let that energy influence your attitude and outlook on life. It’s kind of like the saying that you need to learn how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. It’s ridiculous how one negative outcome will trump ten positive outcomes, but we keep letting it happen.
When you make a choice, don’t look back
When a choice is made it’s easy to look back and ponder whether or not you made the right decision. Make that choice and keep looking forward. Looking back only hinders your ability to grow. It creates doubts and ultimately has you questioning yourself along with creating thoughts of regret. You made that choice, that decision. It was something you wanted at that point in time. Prove to yourself that you made the right decision by keeping your sights ahead of you. But remember, because you made that choice to go down a certain path it’s already the right decision. You just have to make the journey worth while.