All of us want to take chances in life, but we hold ourselves back because of the fear of losing or failure. But should you really give up or motivate yourself to take that next step to success? Life can be harsh and painful at times, but with passion and determination, you will definitely achieve success, says Robert Arbuckle.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step
-lao tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC-531 BC)
In life, we come across choices and big hurdles. But it’s the person who takes the hard path and overcomes the hurdles that is remembered. Be courageous and take the path you want to take, and don’t bother about the others, just as long as you’re taking that Next Step.
We’re always walking on in life. Sometimes, we walk ahead. Sometimes, we walk back home. And sometimes, we stand and admire the world.
Sometimes, we never take a single step. We crumble to ashes at the very spot we were dropped off. And none of this is about travelling in the first place. One can walk in circles and yet climb mountains, cross seas and walk over water, win battles and wars. It’s all about taking the Next Step.
Ever wanted to take a chance on something higher? But you were afraid that you’d lose what you’ve left behind? Of course, you’d lose what you’ve left behind the very second you walk ahead. But who knows what you can achieve unless you take that step, until you risk it all? It’s alright to take one step back to leap, if you know you can leap across the next five. But then, every single step matters.
The Words of Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher who is attributed to the writing of “Tao Te Ching” which translates into ‘The way of all life that has to be used by men’. Lao Tzu was not his real name, and translates to mean “Old master”. He never wrote his ideas or created a manuscript because he believed that the rules of mankind change with the times, and with their conscience and instinct. Legend says that Lao Tzu was upset by the evil ways of men and decided to leave into exile. As he arrived near the Great Wall, the gatekeeper persuaded him to record at least a part of his philosophy before leaving. The result was the eighty one sayings of Tao Te Ching, which is still followed even to this day.
More than anything else in our lives, we want to be secure. We spin our world around the security we hold for ourselves, and we’re proud to work in the shadows, just as long as we can come back home with a steady flow of smiles. I have seen many people with great ideas wasted away because they were too afraid to take a chance on themselves. And the worst part of it all, one fine day, another person comes along and takes that same chance and soars to the clouds.
And that leaves my good old secure friends in a frustrated dilemma. Ever felt that? Remember the time when you had a great idea but you just held it in, only to watch someone else take that same step and walk far away, and out of your league? Why didn’t you take that chance? Life has never waited for anyone, and the sand clock of time is glued to the ground. But remember, it’s the sands of time that are glued. Not your feet.
When your heart tells you that you can, and every beat in your heart resounds with the drive to take a chance, take it.