Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Dreams of Tomorrow

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common that unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not... the world is full of uneducated 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, 30th president of the United States



A dream, or a goal is like one big jigsaw puzzle. In a jigsaw puzzle, pieces have to be put together, in proper order and formation, to form an expected figure or picture. People who are talented will never feel fulfilled solving a puzzle that will not challenge them at all. This also goes for people of genius. A sense of fulfillment is important because, without it, no dream would have been persisted on in the first place. Therefore, people never dream of being what they can be at the press of a button. They dream dreams that seem unreachable at first, dreams where the end can only be imagined, but not attained unless a great amount of will and painful persistence is exerted; dreams much like jigsaw puzzles.


But why do we fail?


People fail because they do not plan well;they end up losing precious time and before they know it, they're dead.
People fail because they give up.
People fail because they are afraid.
People fail because they do not have the right mindset while trying to achieve their dreams.
People fail because they are distracted.
People fail because they cannot distinguish which piece is which.
People fail because they work for something detrimental to everyone, and therefore they do not feel good working for it, because humans are essentially good.
People fail because they look up to the wrong people (we become the people really look up to).
People fail because they they take a road too often trod on that they feel that they are doing nothing new.
People fail because they end up feeling tired.
People fail because they do not know what to do at certain situations.

People fail because despite all the encouragement, the philosophies, the wisdom, the strength, the bravery, they still choose the wrong way to solve one puzzle.

The only way, however, to solve a puzzle, is to solve it step by step, piece by piece, and pattern by pattern. There is no other way. This is the hard part, since we want things to happen instantly many times. This is also where persistence comes in.

We were born for higher things, things even more challenging than jigsaw puzzles.

However, come to think of it, as children, we had a passion for solving every puzzle we get our hands on. Why do most adults now get tired of puzzles, when as children they were passionate about them? It speaks a lot about how most of us deal with our dreams and goals.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

*People fail because they do not plan well;they end up losing precious time and before they know it, they're dead.
*People fail because they do not know what to do at certain situations.

--> You can't just enter the battlefield without thinking the way your enemy does, preparing yourself in totality in order to help in winning the battle and developing a certain strategy. Troy was successfully burned because of Odysseus'(Ulysses') ingenius plan. The men we consider great today would not have been considered great had they not planned for success. It is also wise to keep alternative plans as not all things work the way one plans it. We must be aware that things unexpected may come and these unexpected things tend to get in the way of the unplanned and those whose total focus is on one plan alone.

*People fail because they give up.
*People fail because they end up feeling tired.
-->People do so when they're almost there. When the need for extra effort is suggested in order to reach something, the journey is halted. I guess we just have to accept the fact that the road uphill is rocky and when we think we just gave our 100%, much more is expected of us. To succeed, we must always go the extra mile as proof of our passion and determination to achieve our goals.

*People fail because they are afraid.
-->It takes a daredevil to undergo the stunts in the action movie. It requires risks which trigger fear.

*People fail because they do not have the right mindset while trying to achieve their dreams.
-->in order to achieve one's dreams, he must be truly aflame with the passion for them though equipped with the knowledge that the journey will be tough.

*People fail because they are distracted.
-->worldly trivialities ARE distracting..

*People fail because they cannot distinguish which piece is which.
-->in order to distinguish which is which, one must have total focus on the puzzle. Perhaps a thousand failures may trouble him as more often than not, there is only ONE solution to every problem and even if it is simple, it is made complex by the solver.

*People fail because they work for something detrimental to everyone, and therefore they do not feel good working for it, because humans are essentially good.
-->agree!

*People fail because they look up to the wrong people (we become the people really look up to).
-->one's life is not patterned after another. is that the idea?

*People fail because they they take a road too often trod on that they feel that they are doing nothing new.
-->we fear what has not yet been done.

*People fail because despite all the encouragement, the philosophies, the wisdom, the strength, the bravery, they still choose the wrong way to solve one puzzle.
-->sometimes, the wrong way seems to be the easiest though it still is a hard one.

a thinker, you truly are. rare are people like you in the blogosphere..or so i think?

""~* cathe *~"" said...

"People fail because they do not plan well; they end up losing precious time and before they know it, they're dead."

why don't you reflect on this statement? it rather makes me wonder, how can someone say stuffs like these when they themselves don't portray what they said from the very start?

our actions are very much against our level of profession.

Mikee said...

Hmm... A lot of things are easier said than done, and that's one limitation to writing, since a lot of people may think of you as a hypocrite, but mind you, that's what I really feel about the matter, and when the time comes for me to fail, it will be all my fault. Also, people CAN indeed say stuff like that even if they don't portray it from the very start. Why? Because they learn from failure, and what they learn, they say or write, so they can at least improve themselves and hopefully others.

Anonymous said...

nicely said...

ate or pamangkin... said...

asteeg!that's one of the reasons y i admire Mikee.he's a smart talker!being funny,clever and interesting adds up more spice...

Honey Lee said...

Very well said.