Those who wait will lose

Our educational system happened. Now what?

If your philosophy is to wait for somebody to fix the problem and make changes in the environment so that you can thrive you’ve already lost.

The truth of the matter is that with this mindset you’ll always be more of a loser (less of a winner).

Take our current educational systems.

We all know that revolutionary changes are badly needed. And you can choose to wait for those changes to happen, or you can choose to thrive in your life despite the fact that this system has flaws.

There will always be hurdles on your path. And the more you challenge your fear and act courageously the more hurdles you’ll have to overcome. Those who are the authors of their individual successes in their lives had to overcome many obstacles and failed again and again, sometimes miserably.

Time and again people have showed us that you can thrive in your life despite bad economy, humble origins or all the bad things that happened in your life. Truth be told, the unexpected and harmful things can happen to all of us and for the most part those are the things that we cannot control.

The current, maladjusted educational system happened and there is no way you could have controlled it when it was being introduced and there is probably nothing you can do now to change that in an instant (and to your liking) so that you could reap the rewards of a better educational system. It happened. The milk has been spilled, at least for you (and me too).

Understand that the truly successful people among us are successful precisely because they knew that the status quo wasn’t there to determine what was and what wasn’t possible for them, that the brick walls weren’t there to stop them but to test their resolve, and that some rules needed to be broken.

The same goes for every other obstacle in life. There’s always something, some external factor that you can blame for the quality of your life in order to let yourself off the hook.

The elderly people, heck, even people in their thirties, forties or fifties — we and our parents — often cry over the milk that has been spilled in our lives and we maintain that that’s exactly why our lives turned out the way they did. Of course, that’s a yet another, very convenient, lie that we tell ourselves.

And I bet there are plenty of young or middle-aged people right now who, after hearing the open critique of the current educational system, are lamenting that because of this shitty system their whole lives have been wasted.

Or, you can choose to thrive despite the odds. In fact that’s the only option we’ve got if we want to thrive. No force will magically remove all the obstacles that we’ll for certain encounter on our path.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


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