Light Bulb: Persistence

Inspired by today’s Daily Prompt, made me look something up in the dictionary. Not using the search-type-enter kind of thing online we usually do these days. Rather, utilising that one descriptive book I have grown up with, where we have to manually scan through pages alphabetically, word after word. Yes, what I meant was using the Oxford English Dictionary.

Well, before the new millennia, especially if you’re born in the 80’s or earlier, I believe that’s the stuff we do, right? There isn’t google, youtube, bing and other search engines to go to yet. In those years, information is not as accessible, compared to now that everything is by the tip of our fingers.

I remember that if I have to research on something, I need to go to the nearest library or that one we have in school. Go over the catalog, search through titles, subjects and author – data that might be helpful in the fact-finding mission. Check if the books are available. Write down the book’s location and call number. Find it among tons of books lined up on shelves. Then loan from the librarian.

So, it is but natural back then to know that if we want to search for something, we go through a bit of labor before we get that “aha” moment! Doing so, instills patience and perseverance. That one trait that we no longer use as a bridge between a question and an answer. Or in the same parallel thought as a with a dream and an achievement.

Such that, generations of today – such as my kids, when they ask something, it goes like this – “Mom, what is a gear? How to make a machine? Can we please google it and check on youtube?” Well, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it inspires us to do something greater.

Just like Thomas Edison’s story – in finding ways to make the light bulb work, he has gone through 10,000 experiments and failures before it became a success.

On the other hand, James Dyson, a household brand for quality vacuums, said this too, “I made 5,127 prototypes of vacuums first before I got it right.”

Indeed, if we truly have the desire and are avid at something, it is but essential to have forbearance and resilience if we want to make things happen.

Therefore, let me leave you with a question while quoting Mary Kay Ash’s opinion on three different types of people:

  1. People who make things happen
  2. People who watch what happens
  3. People who wonder “What Happened?”

Which ones are you? (via Survive)

Leave me your thoughts below.

xxx LynDurante

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