There’s writers and then there’s writers. I don’t know what the factors are between an awesomely talented writer and one who can barely string a legible sentence together. What I do know is when I read the words someone writes and I immediately connect with them – I love the smooth pace of what’s being said. jagweng is one such guy I’m sure has a future as a writer 😀
This is the forth in my “Team Charisma World People” guest blogger series. jagweng’s worked together with me to produce a lovely piece of motivational and inspirational creative writing. He has a very expressive way with words, that to me is almost poetic, whilst not going all esoteric or haiku.
jagweng arrived in my comments one day. What a joy actually to communicate with him, he’s eloquent, polite, well mannered, seems to have grammar and spelling off to a “T”. Also has the “je ne sai quoi” of extremely talented people – I call it Charisma. SO I’m very pleased for these reasons to welcome jagweng as a guest blogger here.
What it’s about :
Topic : Quote Inspired
Title : “Pick Up That Brush And Paint”
Type : Solo creative writing inspired by a quotation.
Guidance : Pick a quote from my blog that inspires you. One that in reading it your mind floods with ideas, and that you can build upon to make something even more inspiring. A grand story or whatever format you want, just sharing your thoughts is fine. Pick one that you agree with – this isn’t critic, cynic or pessimist hour.
Our hope : To share with others why we like quotes and how they inspire us … GO Team Charisma World People 😀
So without further ado, I give you jagweng’s – “Pick Up That Brush And Paint” :
“Pick Up That Brush And Paint” by jagweng
It’s been a few days since we ushered in 2015. Serene stillness in the air and the sun shining above, spewing confidence – Africa 😀 . At the beginning of each year, we lay down resolutions or rather goals that are never accompanied by a strategy or well-thought-out plan, resulting into failure as the the year ebbs. Few days ago, Don placed a quote post or is it a post-quote, here on Don Charisma, that really got me thinking…
” If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced”
– Vincent Van Gogh
There’s something ingenious and universal about quotes that just leaves me floored. Like a sermon, they come around when you badly wanted someone to tell you what to do or how to tackle the myriad of failures bedevilling you. This one too came just on time. I read it and it sunk to my core, and I felt my procrastinating-self disintegrate. It then occurred to me just what makes us fail with our resolutions.
Let me break it down for you…
Within us, there’s always a conflict … depending on every individual. A loud voice telling you how you cannot accomplish a given set out goal (if you are a hopeless or weak individual) and a still, inner one telling you to go ahead and achieve. To strong minded individuals, they have a bigger and louder voice giving them every reason to achieve a given dream, and the still, inner one telling them that they can’t eke it out. This is where the difference on individual’s mindset either results in success or failure, depending on which voice you listen to.
To give an analogy…
John works for a given company as a casual labourer, doing odd jobs in the packaging department. He lives from hand to mouth with the wages he gets and hasn’t been able to save much. As a result, he has developed low self esteem and lack of confidence in himself. One day he gets intel that the company is inviting tenders for supply of newspapers to it’s office staff. He informs his close friend, Daniel, about the tender. Daniel is a painter but doesn’t earn much too. Unlike John, he is aggressive.
Daniel talks John into bidding for the tender but he declines, stating his lack of knowledge in the tendering process and capital. Daniel being witty as he is, applies for the tender despite not having enough capital. Thankfully, he is awarded the tender. He approaches one newspaper supplier and discusses about the tender. After reaching an agreement they sign a contract and he manages to start supplying newspapers, waiting for his paycheck. He can now sit back and relax, money will be flowing his way. What about John?
How many times do we act like John? How many times do we have million-dollar ideas but let them slip because we listened to the wrong the voice. Because we were cowards and wouldn’t give our ideas a go. Not always willing to stand up to the negative voice, letting it enslave us into mediocre achievements. We let our mind lie to us and corner us into believing that we are not good at something, while the truth of the matter is, we are better than we think.
Another setback is; giving it a go but with the intention of proving to ourselves that we are inferior. We don’t go with the determination to win. How sad! This is why most new year resolutions never see the light of day. We write them down but an hour later start convincing ourselves of how unachievable these goals are. Giving up before we even try and put them into action.
In finality, let us always strive to try out every dream that crosses our mind, however weird it may look or how impractical it might sound to our minds. We never know what we might end up with as a product of that trial, trial with enthusiasm and charisma. Believing in ourselves isn’t enough, but having a plan on how we are going to achieve whatever battle we are set out to win is the real deal. Don’t limit yourself. You are limitless. We ought to employ creative stubbornness in every dream.
Wake up brothers and sisters, let’s take charge and make our minds behave. Let SUCCESS be our only option this year and beyond. 😛
I’m independent, intuitive, rational, friendly, passionate about others, charismatic and love a sensible conversation. 😀
Thanks jagweng, a truly inspiring piece and for being awesomeness personified really 😀
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