Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Are You There Yet?



I once read about a lady who got a job when she took her friend to audition for a job in a local media house. It might have been chance and luck.

Richard Wright, my most influential writer in his novel "Black Boy" tells a lot about living in the Southern USA in the early 1900s, having to deal with a ghost father and sickly mother and a seriously racist America.  His troubled childhood entailed traveling and changing residences as he sought accommodation from different relatives in his early life and graduating top of his class despite not attending one complete school year. His struggles hardened him and by chance he was introduced to the world of books by an Irish American. This encounter changed his life and his love of the ink on paper made him what he finally became- the most loved African American Writer.

Mike Tyson who became the youngest heavyweight boxing champ at the age of 20 did not have a perfect start to life. Growing up in Brooklyn New York, his father abandoned them while he was two. At the age of 16 his mother passed on but before that; Tyson lived in and around high crime neighborhoods where he fought those who ridiculed his high pitch and lisp. These and other experiences shaped Tyson's future. His childhood made him. His talent as a fighter was recognized at the age of 15 while he was in some kind of an approved school.

The soccer legend Pele~ as a young boy could not afford a proper football and usually played with either a sock stuffed with newspapers, tied with a string or a grapefruit.

Thinking about the stories of these few and many other men and women who have shaped their destinies, I found myself at loss trying to figure out what I am really doing with all the talents and the good things I am blessed with. 

It is human nature to think about bettering our situations. We must always yearn to reach the next level. We have to strive to see the other side of things and enjoy the sweat, the danger and determination that culminate into the breathtaking scene we witness when we stand on the mountain peak. 

Life sometimes will not give us all we want but I believe staying focused and not losing the mark, keeping the head up always and looking to climb and trample upon the biggest obstacle to our success makes us successful.  Abraham Lincoln became one of the greatest American presidents after series of losses and trial. If he gave up, his name would just have been a footnote in history.

To borrow Carol Mandi's words "Champions are not made on the pitch. The arena is just where they showcase a talent honed in private practice. There are a few shortcuts, fewer lucky breaks- you are not going to get there without working for it. Spurts of brilliance will serve to energize you but you must just get up and get on with it." 

And because we always have more critics than we need, let’s focus on our supporters.
Are you there yet? If not, just keep working on it. Whatever you put your mind to do, with passion and great motivation will always come to be.




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