It has been said that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In our last blog, we discussed taking the first step towards cultivating a growth mindset – accepting help. I know, I know, for some of us that is much easier said than done, but maybe making that first step a baby-step will help. Look at it this way, you don’t have to ask for the moon but if someone offers to lend you their telescope so you can see it, take them up on it!
What is your driving force? I don’t mean a 1985 Ford Tempo with a rusted-out floorboard and a partially functional braking system (which may or may not be the first vehicle I ever purchased). I mean, what motivates you? Perhaps it is financial incentivization. Maybe it is something intangible such as spending quality time with loved ones, or the simple pleasure that comes from achieving a hard-earned sense of self-satisfaction.
Let’s talk about grit for a moment. I don’t mean grits, those delicious little morsels of cornmeal or hominy-based porridge (that is another blog post entirely), or the type of grit comprised of tiny pieces of stone or sand. I’m talking about grit, as in: the point where fortitude and focus coincide; the marriage of phenomenal willpower and clear-cut objectives; the resolve and resilience to continually follow-through and reach one’s goals…grit!
Many of us are familiar with the idiom “Curiosity killed the cat”; however, the entire phrase is actually “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” The first (and most commonly referred to) half of the expression elicits a warning about the dangers of unnecessary queries but that admonition quickly becomes encouragement when the latter half of the phrase is considered.
At the turn of the century, unbeknown to us, we entered the 3rd Era in the history of humanity. The scope and scale of this Era are far beyond the hunter-gatherers and Agricultural Era. The ideas, knowledge, skills, and tools evolved from science and technology set off the industrial revolution in the 17th century that laid the foundation for this Era.
The current COVID-19 pandemic took us all by surprise. This viral infection, which started in China in late December 2019, has spread across the lands, seas, and around the globe. It has inflicted dreadful fear, illness, and death on people all over the world and completely wiped out some families.
In the last article, I staked the idea that we live in a 3rd socioeconomic Era. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens human survival and welfare like a tsunami. Individuals can exist and thrive only when humanity is protected. We, the Homo Sapiens, are bestowed with intelligence and memory to learn and adapt to the changing world.