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26 letters, 26 doubts

Do we really need a plan A or plan B when there are so many other letters left in the alphabet to try out?

It doesn’t matter how many times it takes you. 26 letters, 26 doubts.

From petty arguments to politics, do we really need to be right all the time?

Rightness is a quirk in human development. Our view isn’t valid until we can suspend judgment and try to entertain another person’s thought.

Yet there is one trait that we all share: the ability to keep learning. Self-improvement is the indispensable tool outlined in Carol Dweck’s study on work performance at Stanford:

The primary takeaway from Dweck’s research is that we should never stop learning. The moment we think that we are who we are is the moment we give away our unrealized potential. The act of learning is every bit as important as what you learn. Believing that you can improve yourself and do things in the future that are beyond your current possibilities is exciting and fulfilling.

Permanency begets stagnancy, just as ignorance blindsides us down the road. Nothing is duller than a linear path to completion. Given the plasticity of a human mind, strengthening our ability to deal with uncertainty is priceless.

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Not so fast 💨

gif by Miguel Porlan

We consume, drop, and run, looking forward to the next piece of music, article, or person to date.

We say we want to be successful, but we’re not willing to put in the work nor take responsibility for any hiccups along the way.

We want everything yesterday without spending the time to chew on our experiences to-date.

We can’t afford to live up to somebody else’s imposed ambitions, that which undermines the sum total of our experience.

We can’t skip any steps, go zero to 100 miles per hour and intend to remember the journey along the way.

There are no shortcuts. There’s only patience, learning from our mistakes, and the accumulation of small victories to celebrate along the way.

To continue rushing into the future is madness! The tortoise gets there just the same.

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Knowing is half the battle. Experience puts the bones in the goose.
Knowing is half the battle. Experience puts the bones in the goose.

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First Touch

Everybody admired the way Zinedine Zidane touched the football because he was always two steps ahead. He saw the future before it happened and just worked backward to execute.

You can galvanize a player’s effort and refine his/her skills but you can’t teach them instinctiveness. That comes from years of extra practice.

The beauty of the first touch is that it appears effortless. Sometimes plays happen without even touching the ball at all. Talent is one thing but instinct inspires all the magic.

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‘Life is not an arrow, it’s a sine wave’

Print by Marc Johns

“We of ambition were raised since kids that life should be an unending arrow upward – each event propels you to the next one and all great successes. All of our school heroes seemed to follow that trajectory. But, of course, none have. Life is not an arrow, it’s a sine wave. One hopes it arcs upward, but in reality it is a series of amazing highs and terrible lows. That is how to view life.”

You don’t always have to be moving upward. Progress undulates up and down and ebbs and flows side to side. Success is wobbly, like this.

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First Steps

Everything appears harder than it actually is. The long road ahead can be so intimidating that no one ever even starts.

But if you break down daunting tasks into pieces the end-goal becomes much more viable. The simple act of doing eases the trepidation of starting.

Impossible is something, but so is a little will to raze it down. The journey is why you start in the first place.