Progress

Imagine you were standing still… in one spot. Then imagine standing in that same spot for the rest of your life… Now add a day. Exciting isn’t it… and yet that is the sum of the average life time. Progress. It isn’t just inevitable, it’s essential. You see, progress is what we call our need to move forward and learn new things, meet new people and apply what we have learnt in life, in the hopes of becoming better than we are… “Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger…” Which should be a good thing… after all, life is a lesson rite?

But the thing is, progress comes at a price. For example, look at the trapeze artist who decides to remove his safety net. For him to become a master at his craft, he must flip, twist and fly through the air from hand to bar with nothing between him and the ground but the motherfucking air. Nothing to break his fall, no one to catch him, nothing to save his life. He will take his life in his flour covered hands, all in the hunt for glory. The only person who might catch him is the Grim Reaper… And yet he does it. To thunderous applause. Pretty soon… Cirque Du Soleil comes calling and a dream becomes reality. So in order to be better than we were yesterday we will even risk our very lives… why? Because the only way to progress is to trust in yourself. Staying in the same place and being “safe” for the rest of your life is merely just another way of giving up on your dreams. Another way of looking in the mirror and saying “I don’t believe in you!” Because nothing comes to you and lands on your lap. Maybe the flies… The heavens won’t open and shower you with everything you ever wanted. No, no, no, no. You have to know what you want, then YOU have to go and get it.

Ultimately progress is a good thing. But the relentless ambition to move forward tends to lead to disaster. Ambition without vision is a catalyst for evil. Wanting what you don’t know… tends to make people want everything and ambition coupled with greed can destroy your dreams forever… if you run forward blindly. Reckless abandon could have you end up like Adolf Hitler… up a creek without a creek. Yet it is this threat of possible catastrophic and even public failure that separates the brave from the cowards, the hot headed from the level headed and the men remembered in history from the average sap… Because having the courage to follow your dreams in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is the quintessential definition of progressiveness. You might crash and burn, but at least you got close to your dream. At least you chased it. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” So thus I keep venturing. Learning, planning, calculating and testing as I go along. Often failing… but ultimately succeeding. My quest for greatness takes me away from Bag End and down a road that leads over mountains… As J.R.R. Tolkien said: “The road goes ever on…” But like I said, it boils down to trust in oneself. Trust that you know what you are doing. Trust that you can implement your strategies to reach your goals. And by reaching your goals, you can ultimately be someone worthy of a place in history. I guess it depends on what you want out of life. Me? I’m basically like Naruto, determined to reach my goal to become Hokage and have my face carved on the side of the mountain. Even if I fall… I’ll get up. Even if I’m struck down… I’ll get up. I never give up and never surrender. But sometimes I concede strategically. Because you can’t win them all…

So you win when you must and concede what you can’t. But you learn from your mistakes and eliminate them. Thus becoming “Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.” Being progressive is the way to walk the path to greatness. Just ask Tony Hawk, Richard Branson and Alexander the Great… They believed in themselves and kept moving forward and ultimately, the rest is history. “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” So dare to dream. Dare to be different. Remember “Tha tha tha that that don’t kill me… Can only make me stronger. I need you to hurry up now, coz I can’t wait much longer…”

 

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