“There always comes a time when life gets normal. That’s when I wish to stretch beyond my limits.”
“There always comes a time when life gets normal. That’s when I wish to stretch beyond my limits.”
“If you’re doing something for your dreams, no matter how small, then you’ve already set yourself apart from the crowd.”
Most people don’t try. They fear to ask themselves what their dream is. They want to step away from their feelings and reality.
Here’s a lesson I’ve learned from the changes I try to bring in my life – little changes work better than the bigger ones. Or at least, it seems to be so in my case.
Your lifestyle might be different than me. Maybe you are busier, have lesser time, or do a lot more tiring chores than me.
But here’s the deal – what’s mentioned below is quite simple. Something you can use regardless of what kind of life you lead.
You know that feeling, right? When you feel like you can do what you’re planning, and become blind to all your doubts and probabilities of failures.
You begin to feel like you’re infallible. Nothing can drag you down. And even if something can, you won’t let it get you.
Usually we try to keep our creations as original as possible, and need to come up with new ideas so that we can have something gorgeous that can surprise, please and serve others.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an entrepreneur finding a new strategy for your business, an artist experimenting with your art, a scientist trying to invent something new or just another person figuring out new ways to do things in a better way.
It always happens.
There’s a natural urge within us which forces us to innovate something new each time. Its a kind of desire that urges us to do something off the track and leave a mark of our unique identity by creating masterpieces.
We put in our blood and sweat to produce another wonderful thing which could replace what could break the conventional ways. Or at least, set a new standard apart from the things which aren’t different.
This is the reason why DaVinci painted Mona Lisa, Zuckerberg started Facebook, and also why Ford invented cars for the masses. They craved to create something better and innovate.
We’re similar. The ones who want to come up with new ideas which can change the existing rituals.
How often does it happen that we really create such a thing? Not so often.
To me, sometimes it seems like that all the good things that can be thought of already exist, and there’s hardly anything left for us to be discovered. Though, I said “it seems,” instead of “it is.”
Which means that there will always be a plenty of space for new things which will take birth. And as usual, change will charm the world. Now let me talk about the heart of this matter.
It could’ve been your science project, a presentation or art. I don’t even know about the fascinating thing which you have made. But I can bet on one truth that you had tried to make it the best.
After all, no one thinks about creating anything mediocre. As we go on creating, we realize that what we do isn’t very special. There are thousands of people like us who create millions of things like that of ours. Soon we feel that what we make or do isn’t much deserving. This one thought is enough to drag you down.
You think you’re unworthy? You’re not.
You think what you do isn’t that great? It is.
You think that there are thousands of other people who can do your work better than you? They can’t. Even if they can, there’s no reason it should stop you from doing what you want to.
Do you know why is what you do so special? Because you do it. When you do something, your work reflects you.
When you do what you want to do:
• It shows that you are ascending towards your dreams.
• It shows that you’re not only willing, but doing too.
• It shows that you’re learning.
• It shows that you haven’t stopped yet.
Above all, it shows that even if right now you aren’t doing anything earth shattering, you will, very soon.
It often happened to me and to those around me that whenever we discussed our ideas about something new, we realized that we weren’t even able to imagine. Such is the reality.
Even in the midst of our silliest conversations, we laughed about how we couldn’t think of a unique thing that awaits to be invented or imagined by us.
Gravity? Newton has already discovered it.
Time machine? Dude, even Doraemon has it.
Wireless smartphone input application? Well tried boy, but there’s already an app in the market for that.
Umm…well, is there anything left for us too? Or are we too late?
Nope, Its never too late.
Each year, theaters show hundreds of movies with the same age old genres like sci-fi, romance, tragedy, etc. and yet they attract crowds of people because each time they come with some new ways to astound the audiences.
Also, when people were getting bored of ordinary age old music, Rap and Rock took birth.
Apart from these, there are several other examples you may find around yourself which represent the never-ending cycle of innovation.
So how should you feel when you make something similar to what already exists?
If you too are among the millions who make something or come up enthusiastically with a new idea, but then realize that what they did isn’t unique from the ones that already exist, then you aren’t meant to feel bad.
You may feel the guilt of being a copycat, or inferior for not being up to your expectations.
Such thoughts can decrease your motivation at once and severely affect your work. You may even start to see quitting as a better option than trying harder. But don’t fall prey to such futility. Keep on trying until your efforts pay off (they do) and you become capable of producing your own unusual creations.
That’s the actual way in which innovation takes its root – by being persistent, working on presently available ideas, searching for somewhat off the track, and by not giving up until you become what you should be.
The same kind of things happen to everyone. It often happens that I make quote after thinking for a long time, and then search on Google to check if it already exists so that no one could question the authenticity of my writing.
But to my surprise, some quotes out there are quite similar to mine. So I drop them and try to create some new ones again. It goes on in the same way until I create something different.
Don’t hesitate to move further on the path of your dreams, even when you cannot value your work anymore. You’ll soon earn what you deserve as hard work never stays without bringing results.
In my school, when I read the words such as Anon and Anonymous written below some short stories and poems in my textbooks, I often wondered about who those faceless people were.
At that time, before I knew the actual meaning of the word, I used to think that Anon was some really cool writer. When I read something with the word anon below it, I always thought “Wow! Anon is a cool writer.”
But as I grew up, I came to know that Anon was simply a name given to those “faceless people” not having an identity.
How painful it is to be nobody. To work as hard as you can and discover that nobody knows what you did. To create something and let others take the credit for it. To hide yourself in the shadows when you’re the one on whom the spotlight should shine.
Yes, it can be painful.
Yet, there are people who put their blood and sweat in their creations. Who do something remarkable with their hard work and then hide behind the mask of anonymity. These people are sometimes those who are left or just prefer to stay in the background.
Why do they prefer to stay in the background? Walk into their shoes and you’ll know.
Success isn’t about staying at the center of attraction, getting credit, or being praised for your work. Sometimes, what you do for serving people is far greater than the biggest achievements. There are thousands in the queue who are dying to get noticed, you don’t always need to be among them.
I wrote my first guest post which was about 1700 words, mailed it to the fellow blogger, and asked him to keep my name anonymous. Just because I wanted to walk my talk before I writing this post.
That post still shows ‘By – Guest contributor’ instead of my name. Maybe that post would’ve have sent me some new readers, or it could’ve spread.
But there was something which I realized by doing it – with a name or without it, we can always serve. Even now when I look at that simple post, I realize that even if I’m anonymous there, my work isn’t.
It’s not wrong to make attempts to get some attention. Better if that helps you achieve your dreams. But your desire for attention shouldn’t become an obstacle to your success. Keep your dreams and work above everything, because outcomes are a cheap way of measuring dreams.
Ever saw a drama? There are the actors on the grand stage, dressed in beautiful costumes, saying all the witty dialogues and gaining everyone’s affection. In the end of the show they take away all the credit and praises.
What about the make-up man, the costume designer, the decorator and the cleaner? They celebrate in silence behind the curtains.
Their success isn’t defined by the applause which they never get, but rather by their contribution to their work. Same thing happens in movies. No one reads the credits.
Staying in the background makes you humble. It gives you an opportunity to peek from behind the backstage and see how others treat your work. In your heart, you know it was you who created something but didn’t get the credit.
However, when no one knows about you, outcomes don’t matter much to you, and you become more loyal to your work. You give away your craving for attention and praise. After that, you fall in love with your work and rediscover the reason why you had started in the first place.
Also, when you aren’t at the center of attention, you don’t take criticism as personal disgrace. Instead, you treat it as a feedback for your work and use it to improve yourself.
When you don’t get enough attention, you take yourself less seriously, become open to improvement, and treat your own work as you treat the work of others. Honestly, and without being partial towards yourself.
You don’t always need to be in the spotlight. Your work matters more than your aspiration of accomplishing something. Even when your efforts don’t get the necessary attention, they go on serving others.
For now, if you have a dream and your are working on it, then give up your craving for attention, praise and outcomes. Fall in love with what you do. Make attempts to get better at it. You’ll ultimately win all that you deserve.