Building an extreme determination to succeed in life no matter what
Nature of ‘false commitments’
Some way we often make false commitments to learn something new each day, and we tell ourselves and others that we are committed to that goal no matter what else may come up in front of us. However, how long does our commitment to learn and invest into our personal and professional growth lasts? In most cases not long at all. We try for few days, we seek different tools and resources that we can draw new information and knowledge from, but then reality kicks in when we realize that instead of reading or listening to books, listening to new personal development courses through many digital channels available online today, we can just watch a tv series instead that contributes zero benefit to our knowledge and growth, play video games, because, they allow our mind to escape reality into imaginary world where we can be whomever we choose to be without a need to learn, even if it is just temporary. Next thing you know, our goals and commitments that we’ve made to ourselves are long forgotten and have been traded in for the temporary distractions of life. Then we realize another thing that it is very difficult to get back to the same learning-focused mindset that we once had. I am certainly not saying that starting over is impossible, but it is very difficult, especially when we have a history of not following through on our commitments.
What happens when we choose to ignore the unspoken but very real requirement to learn and grow ourselves every day?
Ignoring the obvious – education and ‘care-free’ learning
What typically happens when we choose to ignore the obvious? Let’s say that we choose to continue our education and go to college. Everything is great at first, we meet new people, get our books, move into our dorm, find where the library is, go to our first few lectures, and then, short time thereafter we realize that we have freedom to spend our time however we wish and, because, it’s much easier and more fun to simply play and do nothing without engaging our mental resources where long hours of studying are not required, we give up on our own commitment to learn and grow and lose years of precious personal and professional development opportunity. Then when we finally realize that we can’t get that time back, unfortunately same opportunities of care-free learning may no longer be available to us. Do you really want to be in such situation early in life? I don’t think so.
Personal development and career growth. How the two relate?
Very similar thing happens when we join a workforce. In our resumes or during job interviews we say that we are hungry to learn and enjoy learning new things to continuously grow and develop ourselves. Then, we get hired and begin working. First few weeks, maybe even months everything is going well, we are learning our role and various responsibilities, and then reality of hard work, determination, persistence and continuous learning requirement kicks in. This is where status quo is no longer acceptable, where we are expected to seek knowledge, learn new skills, enhance existing strengths, and work on addressing our weaknesses. If you have a mindset of “I’ll take it easy and wait for opportunities to find me,” how long do you think that your adherence to the ‘always-learning requirement’ would last? Maybe few days, maybe a week, and then we realize that continuous learning and commitment to our growth requires strong discipline to keep going and not giving up no matter how hard it may get. It goes without saying that expectation of desirable career growth and achievement of great or even significant enough accomplishments are highly unlikely if not impossible.
Continuous learning, strong desire for seeking and acquiring knowledge, and extreme commitment to our personal growth and development are all required ingredients for long-term success and happiness.
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