Legacies

Footprints and legacies can be hard to form. Sometimes the world takes you in a completely different direction from where you want to go.

Let me explain. Imagine you went to school. Chose a four year course in the spur of the moment not knowing who you are or what you want to become. You chose out of the thought that it won’t matter what you do. I mean very few people end up doing what they study for.

Two years down the line you found your passion. It came late and there’s no looking back. You decide to stick with the course as you do what you truly want. Multi tasking can’t be that hard right.


However, the passion grows and all the other activities feel like a hindrance. You have less time for your passions and it is stressful. You want to drop everything. Telling yourself everything will be okay. I mean you believe in yourself and you know you won’t stop until you reach your goal.

Reach for the Stars


You truly want to burn every boat but there’s a lot at stake. Too many people to disappoint. Hell you feel like hiding just to thrive on what you feel is truly yours. Avoid the critics and the million lectures from family and friends. Everyone thinking you are crazy. Letting go of something safe. Something guaranteed to take a risk.

It can be constricting to dream a dream while chasing a different reality trying to be patient enough to finish the study you are on just so you can reach for the Stars and fly higher than limits reach.

Freedom

Dreams that burn your bones. Dreams that stress through your pores, that make your heart beat faster, louder. Dreams that make you restless.

You are left wondering if you should quit to chase your dream leave footprints that will teach your predecessor to go after their passions or values or should you cower to pressure. Be patient not sure if when you are done you will pursue your dream or succumb to more pressure from the ones you love and be imprisoned by regrets of what could have been.

Chasing your dreams

Choose the path that leads to your happiness. Everyone lives their lives separate from yours. The world may abandon you now but when you succeed, you will once again be the pride they want to be associated with. Choose your path. If you have no direction, don’t stray from the path you have been raised on. You will fall on your own, alone. Leave the path only when you know you are ready and sure.

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. -Roy T. Bennett.

Self Discipline.

Boxing, success
DECIDE COMMIT CONQUER!!

I thought it important to write this because I am a victim of this. I have been trying to lose weight for the last year and always when I crave Maryland I have a battle in my head and I end up losing to my desires.

It has been a struggle. Trying to be better than I am and each time I last longer but I figured if I am not disciplined who the hell am I kidding. I’ll just be making goals that I will never attain.

See self discipline means taking control of your mind and your body. Its about delayed gratification. Even if you really want that new car, you have to invest first so that you can have more but most of us just go for the car.

Self discipline means tuning your mind to a particular mindset and the more you stick to it, your mind adjusts to it’s new norm.

It’s better to keep eating healthy no matter how bad you crave that burger. No matter how bad you want to give up because isn’t quiting always so attractive when things get hard.

The secret to success lies in pushing through. Taking in the pain and growing. If you were jogging start running. Push yourself harder each time. When everyone gives 100 give 110. Don’t stop because your friend stops. That’s a blinding mindset we seem to fall for. It is our excuse to quit.

You didn’t start the race to gratify them. You started it to gratify yourself. Look out for yourself. Look out for number one first. They may quit but that doesn’t mean you should be poor together. Do you want to rejoice in failure together or will you branch out break the norm and reach for the Stars.

Hell it doesn’t matter if they are your best friend. Would you rather face the pain of regret or will you branch out and face the pain of discipline reaping rewards that were once a luxury but now a necessity.

Discipline, freedom
DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE EVEN WHEN YOU DO NOT WANT TO.

Self discipline is the bridge between what you hope for and its achievement. You know you are capable otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this looking for a push forward. So here’s the push. Gain control. Gain control of your mind. Gain control of your desires, of your life.

Take control for losing it means losing yourself. It means losing your dream, your hope. It means losing face and stumbling and the only way out is DISCIPLINE.

Backbone of Success

Education has always been a key necessity in life. I’m sure we all know this. So why is it that when we hear of success stories we do not hear he got an A in his high school education. Heck even some of our politicians did not manage a C.

Let me start by telling you where all this is coming from.

I was reading the story of Alfred Dunhill. A great man, a visionary. He was uneducated in a time when Education was of the utmost value. Now, Dunhill worked in a church in London as the caretaker. He swept the floors and kept the podium clean.

He had been hired by an old pastor who was not a stickler for rules which explains how we got a job without an education. However, as if fortune had turned its tide, time had come for the man to retire and the church was under new management. The old pastor was replaced by a new rigid young pastor. As the new pastor came to learn about Dunhill’s education background, he discovered that he had not attained a high school certificate. So he gave him six months to attain a certificate or resign.

Dunhill had no option but to resign. Attaining a high school education in six months was nearly impossible. As he was taking a stroll down Bond street, Dunhill had an impulse to smoke. He walked along that street looking for a place to buy a cigarette and surprisingly he could not find a single shop that he could get cigarettes from. He moved on to a side street and was able to get a cigarette.

As he walked back into bond street, he realized there was a market gap. As i said the man was a visionary, he started a small shop on that street which succeeded above and beyond. He got customers not just from his street but from the other streets as well. Soon one shop turned to two and two turned to four and before long there were sixteen shops. It took him three years to become the leading tobacconist in England. Who would have predicted it, from hand rolling to machine rolling the man became a Millionaire in only three years. Soon after he entered into a purchase agreement with some American so as to keep the supply of tobacco flowing.

Fast forward to the present date and Dunhill is the most expensive brand of cigarettes. This was a man who had no education, a man who many probably looked at and thought he has no future. Yet as we remember the man we remember the words echoed in his legacy; “if i knew to read and write, i would still be sweeping the church.”

This is my thinking, if this man was educated, would he not do what most of us in his position would do, the logical thing. Over analyse the situation, run around looking for a job desperately. We would probably call everyone we know begging for an opportunity. For us we see the trouble coming after, we see the societal judgement, we panic and we end up missing the opportunity. We do not step back and see our failure as another opportunity. We do not follow our hearts and rejoice in our misdeeds the deeds that close one path for us to discover another. If we were smart we would follow the script. get a high paying job, highly influential, probably be in someone’s pocket since in a world like ours, don’t you need connections to get to where you want and how many times are those connections free.

The beauty of success is the sweat, it is the sleepless nights spent worrying and scheming. Fixing the millions of problems that arise on the road and praying earnestly to get to a point of stability where you are sure you have food on the table and smiles all round from a family that is neither rich or poor just contented.

Education is a stepping stone, it is what starts the engine but our gut feeling, our intelligence natural or acquired is what gets us there. You may live on the streets now but it does not take millions to start a business. It just takes the hundred or the fifty or even the five dollars you have to get you going.

Dunhill serves to inspire the world not to let an obstacle push you under but in the midst of ashes, RISE.