Why don't people believe in small beginnings? All those we see at the top started from somewhere. Not all were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, just a few were. I believe hard work and perseverance coupled with consistent prayer and a positive attitude would help us through to the top. Giving up is not an option...
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 6:10,11 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Above is a post I made 5 years ago on Facebook. A couple of days ago I got reminded of it. While I do not entirely disagree with the post, I have some additions to make which I will share below.
- We all do not begin from the same levelled ground. The saying that we all have 24 hours is not exactly true. One person might have resources at their disposal that could make working easier. A task that requires 5 hours for an average person may require 1 hour from the more endowed. Given this, what can be achieved by both individuals given the same amount of time will not be equal, hence unfair to judge both with the same measure of 'hard work'.
- Being in the right environment at the right time is very important. This is often not spoken about. You can do all the hard work in the world, but if the environment is not enabled or conducive, you may not get the desired success. That notwithstanding, some people are able to defy the odds and thrive irrespective of the environment they find themselves in.
- Success is a process and a journey. Cultivate the habit of trusting the journey and enjoying every step of the process. Celebrate little milestones while keeping your eyes on the prize. When you 'arrive', you will most likely set another goal.
- There is no one fit definition of success. In fact, what we mostly define as success are merely social constructs. Define what success means to you and work toward it.
- Every successful person has one way or the other created and offered value. They did this by putting to use talents, skills or expertise. You can do same too, even if it requires that you reinvent yourself as many times as you have to.
- There is no formula to life. Life isn't exactly binary. There are lots of greys and nuances. You can do all the right things and yet get everything wrong. Yes, life can be a big pot of beans.
- Grace/Luck plays a very important role. For us Christians, we will say grace; others will say luck. Whatever it is, sometimes things happen to us and we know deeply we do not merit or deserve them. We may not understand and it is totally out of our control. In an empty, hard and pale world, it is the grace of God that can make the burden lighter and bearable.
'The future does not have anyone's name on it; it might be yours. Keep moving.' ~Meg