“No man I won’t do it now, I will be a disgrace.”
Have you ever said that before? Have you ever heard people saying that?
What did you feel when you heard yourself or others saying that?
Do you feel curious when you hear that?
For me I do, because the next logical questions are:
When are we good enough? When will we not be not a disgrace?
Before we attend to these questions, I will like to share with you what I experienced during my run this afternoon.
It was 1330, I finally plucked up the discipline to drag myself off my lazy bottoms, to wear my socks, ,put on my running shoes and started on my run around my neighborhood.
I live in an estate that is in its twenties, and I have lived there since I was 8 years old. (Oh yes that will give you an idea, how old I am:))
Owing to its age, it is undergoing quite a major face lift (similar to how we humans do), the residential blocks are given a paint job, previously empty plot are lands are now under construction to build playgrounds and other civic facilities, even the shopping mall in the neighborhod has closed down for a 2-year renovation.
Running while construction projects are on-going can be quite a pain:
“Argh my usual route is closed off, I have to take a detour…..again.”
” That smell, it must be paint. With all that paint job going on, who needs to buy paint to sniff.”
Oops, I just showed the complainer side of me, but hey that’s me too.
After running for a while, I saw a blue print for one of the many projects going on pasted on the metal barricades to shield the construction going on. I was amazed with what was being planned. A park, an exercise corner, a senior citizen corner, a flea market, and a few other civic facilities which I missed.
I had an “Aha moment”. We often admire the beautiful things around us, such as buildings, or painting. At the same time, we also envy the success of others.
How many of us actually admire the less glamorous side of equation?
How many of use see the “dirty, sweaty and messy” construction works that was done before the completion of the building?
How many of us see the countless number of drafts that were drawn and redrawn before the completion of a painting?
How many of us see the hard work that comes before the achievement of success?
To celebrate success and the completion of a project is not complete, we need to celebrate the dirty, sweaty and messy stuff that were done, the many drafts that were made and discarded, as well as the hard work that was put in.
Back to the questions: When are we good enough? When will we not be not a disgrace?
I can’t think anyone can. But what I do know is this: We will never be good until the day
we start doing the “Dirty, sweaty and messy stuff”,
until we start drafting,
until we start putting in the hard work.
As the saying by Zig Ziggler goes: You don’t to be great to start, but you need to be start to be great.
In the past one year in toastmasters, I have taken part in 4 speech contests, humorous speech, evaluation, international(inspirational) speech and table topics (impromptu speaking) contests. I was placed in all of the contests at the club level. In the latter 2 contests, I even managed to even advanced from the club, to the area and finally to the division (The level just before the regional (Singapore and Thailand) final). The best results I have attained ever. I often get this: “Wow, your growth these past 6 months is miraculous!”
To which, I will often reply: “Thanks, its nothing miraculous, this is the result of the hard work that I have put in over the past four years.”
I have gotten my fair share of stick over these past 4 years about my “Not good enough” performance. Along the way, I felt like giving up but my dream to share with the world on my message: “We have a choice!” kept me going. Just as how the blue print of the park: the exercise corner, the flea market kept the construction team on the right track despite all the dirty, messy and sweaty staff that is going on.
My friends, if you ever hear yourself or others say: “I am not good enough.” Please be of service by sharing with them or yourself this quote by Zig Ziggler “You don’t to be great to start, but you need to be start to be great”If you have started putting in the hard work, and things still don’t seem right. I will like to share with you another saying: Take pride in how far you have come, and have faith in how far you can go.” By Christian Larson. Just as how I have persisted in my toastmasters journey by sticking to my goal.
Your fellow human being:)