Who said? (Fire-crackers inside, handle with care)

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There are series of things that will never change.

The economy will inflate and deflate in its own accord. And sometimes crash.

People who do work under someone else will go to office every day while asking themselves – “Is that it? Can’t I start something on my own?” They will sleep over these questions and again the next day, will go to office to build someone else’s dreams.

Most of the population will start and finish their day complaining about how bad their life is and will never take single action toward bettering it in between.

People who have empty pocket will never understand why people who have abundance have the same twenty four hours.

Each and every day people will sacrifice their dreams to just get by, to pay their bills and to die even before their bodies are burnt or put into grave.

Every day people will feel stupid to create art and stop themselves from actually creating to avoid stupidity.

Every day, people will choose to become crowd.

But who said you need to be like them?

 

Stop waiting to be picked!

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You can scream from the top of your lungs or you can follow any marketing gig for attention. Irrespective of all you do to say – “pick me up!”, there is literally nobody to do that.

If you are in a gutter and want to go out, or if you are on the plateau and want to reach your next summit, create your pick myself up theme song and start.

Build your product and ship it.

Write the book and publish it.

Quit the job and start your business.

Don’t say you can’t. Don’t even say that you are waiting for money, people, circumstances to pick you up.

Do it yourself.

Or wait in the sideline to watch people play.

What you are Vs. What you want to be? (a real story)

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It’s a story, a real one. If this story sounds like bragging, forgive me. But I write to teach (learn) self reliance and I want to inspire you to be more than you think you can be.

I was in 10th standard. My pre-test result had come out. I did so so in all the subjects except one. I almost failed in Physical Science which is another name of Physics. I got 24 out of 100.

I sat on the corner of my class. My eyes were misty. The tiffin break got over. I didn’t realize, our teacher of Physical Science came into the class. He called all of our names to see whether we were present or not. I was present. I said – “Present sir!”

He leaned forward and asked – “Are you the one who failed in Physical Science?”

I protested – “No sir, I passed. I got more than 20 marks.”

The class was at its full volume by then. Everyone was giggling and I was the only one who was standing still by putting my chin down.

Days passed.

We appeared for the test for our final exam. Test was an exam which was being taken just 2-3 months prior to our final exam (10th standard).

I sat for test and felt good that this time I did better in Physical Science. But when my result came out, I saw that I only scored 41.

This time my private tutor said – “This guy won’t do good in science, I won’t teach him.”

My dad requested him, but he didn’t want to listen.

I didn’t say anything, I just looked at my private teacher and remained silent.

Finally my private tutor agreed to show me the issues I faced in science subjects and nothing else.

Days passed.

I started studying.

Finally, the day came and we appeared for our final exam. I was nervous. But somehow, I did give the exam.

After 2.5 months, result came out. I saw the score of my Physical Science paper, my score was 87 out of 100. I went straight to my class teacher and showed him the result. He asked me – “Are you sure that it’s your result?” I said – “Sir, see my name on the top of it.” His jaws dropped and he just uttered – “Good.”

I came back home and showed the result to my private tutor. I said – “Sir, I got highest marks in all three science subjects.” He smiled and remained silent.

It’s an ordinary story of an ordinary boy. But you may wonder what happened in between? How did I get 87 out of 100, when I just scored 41 in my test?

I slept for 4 hours every day for entire 3 months and the rest of time, I studied. Only me! I took the book out and read everything I could read. I pulled out all the question papers and solved all I could. I did everything that was humanly possible and it happened. I succeeded.

Why did I do it? Why did I work hard? Why did I miss my sleep every night?

Did I want to prove to my class teacher? May be yes. Did I want to show to my private tutor? Yes, may be. But moreover, I didn’t want to feel worthless anymore. I didn’t want my classmates to giggle because I failed. I didn’t want to see myself accepting defeat.

And then it happened. I didn’t get defeated. I won. I won the battle between what I was and what I wanted to be.

Notes: Charles Bukowski chose himself, why not you?

Read this great post by James Altucher. It should inspire you to hang on your to your hat as it inspired me to do the same.

When you wait for a “somebody,” you’ll be a nobody.

Bukowski wrote every day for twenty years without any hope of publishing. He sent out his poems to the smallest literary journals. He’d give readings in bars and classrooms on his own dime.

Finally, John Martin from Black Sparrow Press offered to pay him $100 a month. Bukowski quit his job at age 49, accepted the offer, and began his first novel.

One month later he finished, “Post Office,”  and it instantly became a bestseller, launching a massive career.

Could he have done it earlier? Of course. $100 a month didn’t really mean anything to him.

It was the 20 years of daily work without hope for compensation that enabled him to act when the time was right.

It was the 10 years of doing readings and self-publishing “chapbooks” and appearing in small literary journals.

It was dealing with all the rejection and failure along the way. It was reading every writer that he admired over and over again.

It was dealing with all the critics that hated his work. He hated his life but loved writing.

All of this while working 9 hours a day at a job he hated and then writing all night.

It’s hard to get “chosen” to succeed. Nobody will do it for you. There are no magic blessings from the gatekeepers.

It’s even harder to put in the work by yourself and lonely and struggling.

But then it works. Choosing yourself, without expectation, is the formula. He said, “I’m going to do this.”

Then everything clicks. You never look back.

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(Image source: JamesAltucher.com)