To follow a unique fabric of thought,
Thrill, from being the under-dog.
Sticking to my roots
Moving the pen at Mach 10 speeds.
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
Waking up with re-affirmed motivation, marking the calendar, another day gone. Sun rays piercing the shutters, an impressive display of light, reminder of a world that exists beyond my own. Rough drafts and crumpled papers on the ground, making for a unique carpet design, nothing but an overflowing trash-can; something to be expected from a writer who wants to deliver nothing but his best. Conversing with providers of positive energy through cyberspace, a Cold circle that has seen its fair share of variations over the years.
A part of me in each piece written, an assortment of emotions; when combined, reveal a complete picture. “Pompous, arrogant, selfish, vain” a medley of recurring words thrown at me in no particular order, meant to impale and not to build. Rarely understood, compensating for misunderstandings by sharing my inner thoughts. As the sun descends I push rewind, gauging the positives and negatives of the day, counting my blessings; making it my mission to have done something productive. As long as those I care about are smiling, I believe my mission for the day is complete.
People often say that motivation does not last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.
Retracted by the puzzle,
Pieces not in place
Pushed by the muzzle,
Embarking on a chase
Chastised by the thought,
Of solving problems
I initially could not.
Full swing of the bat
Victory gleaned from risk.
Finding X entails a dictionary void of ‘slack’
Divide, add, multiply, subtract
No hope descends
Mind the cataract,
Equations still loiter in the back.
In a field full of questions
Harvest the most taxing
Where the clouds form
Wake the early bird.
As you sift through the yield,
Sing together knowing
The resolutions to the exigent
But a step away.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
What makes a genius? no, seriously, what makes a person so intellectually adept and exceptionally good at whatever they are doing? Being unfathomably grand so as to be christened the title (of) ‘Genius’?
At times, I look at geniuses like Einstein and think its impossible, that there’s no way I could ever match up to that level of thinking; usually I convince myself in the end that it has to do with DNA. I have been looking for an answer to this question for a long time and after thorough research that pre-dates months, I have gathered what I believe to be integral to becoming a genius.
The first, if not the most important, is motivation; no genius ever comes up with great ideas by not being inspired to think of them. A person needs to feel motivated to achieve something; setting targets for each week or month is a good start. We need to realize that things did not come easy for the people we look up to, they only managed to get where they are by being resilient as well as persistent.
BE YOUR OWN TOUGHEST CRITIC
“Did you write what you believe to be a perfect piece just now? well, news flash, think of something better than that.”
“Did you think of something better? good. But still, think of something even better than that.”
Many people like myself believe in the perfect first draft of a written piece. However, there is need for self-criticism; really harsh criticism. If it means meditating over a single idea for the course of one day, do so. By being harsh critics to ourselves, and not accepting anything we make as perfect, we will undoubtedly improve.
AVOID BITTERNESS AND THE BLAME GAME
While training , we should avoid feeling hopeless or bitter with whatever we are doing. We should take ‘failure’ as an ‘opportunity’ to learn ways in which we can do things better. Think about it, if we make a mistake today, it just means next time we’ll know what not to do.
AVOID FEELINGS OF CONTENT
Keep pushing, no matter what, even if everything is going well there is always room to do even more. Gratification from success is welcome, however, keeping it to a minimum will help avoid a massive ego.
IGNORE YOUR LIMITATIONS
We need to go past what we believe to be our mental limit. We can never know if an idea is good if we do not take risks and escape our comfort zone.
“The pursuit of greatness never makes logical, “kitchen table” sense… The only way to get there is to go farther, harder, longer than almost everyone else, to push well past the point of logic or reason. If it looked easy or even attainable to most, then many more would get there. That is why ultra-achievers (of whatever age) are also dreamers. They must have part of their heads stuck in the clouds in order to imagine the unimaginable.”
– David Shenk, in the book, The Genius in all of us: New insights into genetics, talent and I.Q.
BE WILLING TO LEARN
We should not feel ashamed for being inspired by other people in our social circle, we could always learn a multitude of things from people that surround us. Ask questions when you don’t know the answer, inquire with others when you’re not sure about something. Patience is key, this process will not happen over night, one step at a time will get us to our intended destination. We need to alter our state of mind and believe that we are capable of greater things. In the end, we need to remember that we all have genius deep within us, all we have to do is bring it out through hard work.
If you want more information try checking out this book:
The Genius in all of us: New insights into genetics, talent and I.Q. by David Shenk.
(All references to the aforementioned book or otherwise are copyright to their respective owners as this entry is purely intended for educational and somewhat didactic purposes)
Three walls and iron bars
Gnawed by claws
Blood splatter, scratched walls
Fangs marked in blood
Camouflaged by darkness
Bones breaking, long echoes
Glass shattering screams.
Red carpet flows,
Out of the cage
Seeping through cracks
No need for prison jewelry
My body, a cage
In and of itself.
Caged, with the intent of quelling
The beast still escapes
All that is left?
Bloody paw prints
You can’t change who you are.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
–Martin Luther King Jr.
Summon the lonely thought
Depression forms a larger fraction
Of all I have wrought
That words spoken
Do not fall on deaf ears
Leaving me broken
Not one with my peers.
Lacrimal glands erode
By the winds of change
Pivotal emotions implode
Turn the page.
A new chapter
Bright beams bring shadows
Silhouettes in ambiguous forms
Where one exists
Light is near.