I never thought I would be attending college in Philadelphia. I am sitting in my dorm room and looking out of the transparent glass structure towards center-city, a truly magnificent sight. The buildings I see in the horizon represent opportunities taken by humans who used their intuition to make something that wasn’t there before.
We have come so far, in such a short amount of time. When I look at the city, I am propelled to better myself in every way so I can continue to love the life that I live.
I love writing here, it makes me truly think deeply about what life is at it’s essence. I don’t know if I am successful during my moments of deep thought, but there is one idea that has withstood them all and that is the idea of progress.
Progress – The Ultimate Power
Happiness is what we all strive for – yet few are truly happy. I am not talking about happiness that last for a duration of a certain event, but over a lifetime. Progress is the key to everlasting happiness.
Which is why, in my blog’s infancy, I am making a drastic change, a change that I hope will become permanent and readers will still find useful.
I will be shifting from the big-picture, vague-like commentary I extolled in my second post, to more intimate posts, that hopefully will offer the same value.
There are too many blogs that promote information – nothing could be more boring. Which brings me back to my first sentence, progress. I am growing, you are growing – we all are growing. When millionaires and billionaires sell all of their companies and relax and live the “good life”, they only revere it for a short time. It is ephemeral. Money is not the key to happiness, freedom is – and what we do with that freedom.
People need to continually be progressing, whether they learn a new skill, take on a new job, a new hobby or even start their own business. As I look back on my life, I notice I have gone from one infatuation to another; my underlying goal was progression – to get better and be better. Whether that is in video games, calisthenics, MMA, writing, stock trading, etc.
To stop learning is to forfeit your humanity. Humans are made to think, to be creative and to live with their passion at heart. Too many people fall into a rut and never find their passion because they lack progress. You have to break out and do new things. We must move forward everyday – do not wait until you feel like doing something because emotions are sporadic and unreliable, but nevertheless manageable.
I have dabbled with a few systems to regiment my moving forward in life and the one I presently do today is very simple. I have a calendar in my dorm room and I either write an “S” or a “F” on the day, which stands for success or failure. I only started this on the New Year, so my criteria for a successful day is still in the works. To my dismay, I feel as if I have not been as successful as I should be.
I have more failures than successes, but over time I will remedy that by conscious effort. The key here, and this goes for everything in life, is to hold yourself accountable. There are a few people that actually want you to get better – family and maybe some close friends, but besides that nada. You cannot rely on the majority, you must be your own motivator.
Right now my goals are very broad, “mind, body, and spirit”. Each day I work on all of them, if I miss one I write an F, or if I do all, but not at a satisfactory level, I put a “F” as well. I am rough on myself, but I rather be doing the criticizing than someone else.
Everyday I work on my body, either by calisthenics, weights, cardio or sometimes yoga. For my mind I read and write daily, often finishing more than one book a week. And my spiritual quest has been precarious, but I am now beginning to mediate to teach myself to relax.
I am at the primordial levels at everything, so my future course is apt to change and that change should be embraced.
Change, if productive, is progress.
There is a quote I read on a very inspirational blog, one that fits perfectly with this post… and check out Brendan’s blog!
I once heard that the definition of hell on earth is meeting the person you could have been. Don’t let that happen to you.
In the next few years I hope to write books, travel the world, meet interesting people, start more businesses and become an inspiration to others. My blog is my way of documenting what it is that I do and to serve as an aid to others.
Many people are under the impression of the seemingly irrefutable dogma that successful people are born with these God-like abilities with respect to their craft. A few years ago I thought this too, I thought to myself – “if only I started younger, then I could be the best”. The successful people are what they are today because of the work they have done. They are driven, either by love or hate, and they have priorities and are willing to change and progress daily.
Success is the outward result of what we do in our private time, make sure you are progressing and choose the right priorities. – Nicholas Piva
Everyday we have to work on our goals; from a birds-eye view they may seem all negligible, but you are moving forward. If you do something once, say eat a salad instead of pizza, that doesn’t mean anything, not a thing. Progress is made when you devote TIME, unaltered time – hours, days, years even. It is not enough to do it once, or a for a day, you must be continuous.
Don’t fight change, embrace it – move forward with your goals daily and do not stop when you don’t see results. Results come after prolonged periods of time, not at the flip of a switch. Be the best you can be and never underestimate your abilities no matter your age or circumstance.
Someone I look up to, who has been through hell and back and while in hell kept fighting until he was successful and then still continues to fight is Big Brandon Carter.
This man motivates me daily, check him out: