# Hard work and Persistence

That’s all it takes really, pressure, and time. That, and a big goddamn poster.

Persistence and hardwork are two of the most important traits to have inorder to succeed in any endeavour, in my opinion. The evidence is pretty clear, I think. Even if you look at it from a sort of laws-of-mechanics standpoint, which I sometimes do(Can’t help it. Sue me.), to go from point A to point B in a 3-dimensional vector space, the formula is :
Total Displacement = Velocity * Total Time (without acceleration)

So if you map your current state as point A and your goal state as point B in a hypothetical space where the co-ordinates are determined by the changing factors that define whether you’ve reached your goal or not, we have an analogy to draw from that formula above.

Displacement = Change in your state/reality that is needed for success
Velocity = Your effort per day in the direction of your goal
Time-Unit = A day ; Total-Time = Days it takes to achieve your goal

To put it in plain English, Newton’s laws of motion state that if you keep making effort in the direction of your goal every day, eventually you will get there. (Thinks to himself — What a fucking stupid way of arriving at something so generic and obvious.)

But what I like about this thought experiment is that it allows you to look at your path to success in a mathematical framework where everything(mostly) is deterministic. You can actually plot out the graph and analyze mathematically why what you’re doing isn’t working. It’s a great way to strive for focus-mode clear thinking (as opposed to diffuse-mode clear thinking). Putting that in context, Focus-mode is like searching for your lost key in a dark room with a light beam from a torch. Diffuse-mode is like switching on the tube light of the room. Anyways, I just want to point out that this is a great framework to use to identify where you need to go and what you need to do, keeping in mind that life is a fickle mistress and things may not always turn out as expected. Train for the best and prepare for the worst.

I think it’s all about figuring out how you go from the metaphorical point A to point B. That’s what navigating life means to me. So without sounding like a coach giving life advice, what steps would I suggest to someone wanting to apply this framework to their own situation?