Friday, 5 August 2011

About Time to Excel in Life

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the musical genius, once wrote to his friend,

“People err who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, dear friend, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.”

By the time he was twenty-eight years old, his hands were deformed badly because of so many hours he had spent practicing, performing, and gripping a quill pen to compose his extraordinary music.

There is no such a thing such as 'natural geniuses'. All those extraordinary things happened in human history takes time to achieve. Mention great names you have in mind, and read their biography, and learn what they did in their life. They devoted their life to whatever they are mastering. And when people talk about life, implicitly they talk about time, because life is about time.

Some people think the result will come instantly. They read one great book, and they think tomorrow they will get the 'big result'. It simply cannot happen.

Read many books, write many pages. Do many small errors, and learn from them. Be patient and be consistent. Don't give up because of those errors. And don't give up because the result seem so far away or so high to reach. Be confident and be patient to take a ladder a day, by the end of the week you will stepped seven ladders. And if you pay enough attention to the process of doing it, by the end of the year, you are 365 ladders higher than those people who are expecting instant results.

Patience is not the same as not doing anything. Patience is about put your faith about the end result, however long it will take to get there. Patience is about taking those ladders every day. Do something every day, whatever it is you can do. Take that one ladder today to make you higher than anyone else.

Time to excel in anything, takes time, endurance, and patience.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

About Time to Love Something (or Someone)

Dalam bukunya "The Right to Write", Julia Cameron menulis:
The busiest and most important man can always find time for you if he's in love with you and if he can't, then he is not in love.
Jika diungkapkan dengan lebih umum, kalimat tersebut bisa ditulis begini:
The busiest and most important person, whoever he (she) is, can always find time for anything or anyone if he (she) is in love with it or someone. And if he (she) can't, then he (she) is not in love.
 Berbagai kalimat dan pernyataan serupa bisa diturunkan dari kalimat sederhana itu:
When we love what we do, we will find time for it.
If we love to write, then we will allocate a time, anytime during the day, to write.
If we love to take pictures, then we will allocate some time in our busiest day to read books or articles about photography.
If we love our family, then we will commit some time to work and pray for our kids, even early in the morning.