Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Applying what we learn or know and being able to do so in a timely manner is crucial to our success.
Information can get outdated quickly. I read somewhere that about 40 percent of the information in most textbooks becomes obsolete by the time the book is printed.
What are four things we can do to help ourselves become successful, no matter what field we are in or what we are doing?
You must have a desire to succeed. Nobody succeeds by accident. No one succeeds doing nothing.
I have known many situations where parents and other family members, or a teacher, or even friends recognize the potential in their child, student, or an individual. They do things for the person. They encourage the person. They try to provide resources for them. They do all they can and still the person becomes a royal failure.
Why? Because the person lacks the drive, the desire, the motivation to succeed.
Somebody else’s desire to see me succeed will not enable me to succeed. At some point I have to come onboard and see the possibilities they see in me and develop a desire to succeed or I won’t make it.
Does it mean that there is no point in helping those who lack the desire to succeed? Certainly not. Some people are slow to see value and potential in themselves or recognize God-given abilities they have. When we reach out to people like these we can awaken in them a desire that can grow strong and bear much fruit.
But the point is, at some place in the encouraging and helping process the other person must develop a desire to succeed that goes beyond other people’s desire to see them succeed.
When people recognize that desire in you by the things you do others will be attracted to help you on your journey. The world to some degree might be cold and callous. But just as there are cold and callous people there are many good people around us. There are those who see a young man or woman, a middle age or old age person with a desire to succeed in some way and out of admiration of their effort, or out of gratitude because someone helped them when they were struggling or for some other reason they are drawn to give a helping hand.
Desire is like fuel to an automobile. Without it no matter the model, no matter how good it looks or what features it has, it is not going anywhere. When you lack desire you are running on empty and you need to fill up your tank.
But how do you get desire when you have none? How do you get motivated when you feel flat? We’ll find out next week.