“DONT GO TOO FAST. PEOPLE HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL, LEARN THEIR CRAFT, AND BUILD A BRAND – THAT’S THE RIGHT, HEALTHY WAY TO DO THINGS. IF YOU’RE AN OVERNIGHT SENSATION, YOU CAN BE YESTERDAY’S NEWS IN NO TIME, WHEREAS BUILDING SOMETHING SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY THAT HAS VALUE AND QUALITY, THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO HAVE LEGS.” – ANNA WINTOUR
KNOWLEDGE IN THE CONCRETE
Starting to consolidate things and thoughts which have more meaning to them wasn’t a mindset many journeys had started with. But, as an artist, I surmise that feeding curiosities from time to time is a progressive and better learning experience. Anyone who believes in research, inventions, or digging deeper to get to the bottom of things, seeking wider and sharper images through their vision would possess the tendency of corroborating facts on their own rather than believing someone else’s stance. Lowering down to baselessly predicted interpretations will only keep us limited to those perspectives. However, the one above the ordinary is that who holds definite knowledge. When the lens has been zoomed in and out few times, that’s when one can see the real worth of the gemstone. A majority of the ordinary reasoning will remain glued in one little part of the massive big picture and get preferred to box up there, encouraging others to live in those pre-set boundaries since they anyway don’t wish to understand beyond what they see. Such minds are called the followers of fast assumptions and believers of limited knowledge.
When the world is offering unlimited resources, and multiple ways of augmented realities are reflecting throughout your life, benefitting from various crafts and adopting techniques which show the much more profound dynamics isn’t inherently good or bad – it is how we use them that determines its gain or loss for the society. For the intelligent, working on your knowledge and craft and bettering yourself is the only educated way of moving forward. Anyone can teach us, and anyone can learn when knowledge is being so vastly offered. If we are naturally talented for something, we must keep working on ourselves and believing in our craft. Education is powerful; use that power fully by getting better at it.
BELIEVE IN FORGING STRONG RUDIMENTS
Things like impulsive shopping, impetuously following trends and news without ground reality, scheming to succeed quickly in business at any cost will only provide a temporary elevation. Easy is always tempting – even a simple task like shopping online instead of going to the mall personally for choosing things, waiting in a line to pay at the counter, and spending time and fuel in commuting seems like a boon. Look around your home, neighbourhood, office, and shops, you will see lots of applications for augmented reality to benefit from; but are they really benefitting? They are in fact helping companies and social groups to use all these everyday occurrences as places to market and advertise products, services and brands, lifestyles, or social securities. The mindset that “faster is better” has surely gratified the notion of becoming strong and powerful overnight. But the question we all need to ask ourselves is that for how long such growth is going to sustain. With certain companies and industries carrying a history of decades, maybe even centuries, one will evidently see their ethical value system being the reason behind them being so cogent and commanding in their own space. Being realistic and working patiently on your own craft, business or lifestyle will always take you far and make you stronger. Knowledge and education meet discipline and experience with consistency when good roots have been nurtured and planted. Recognising that kind of culture in any living being or organization is the touchstone of the right education.
In these changing times, one must adopt changing the mindset as well. Gone are those days when the numbers of shoes or bags or dresses mattered the most and were considered the mandates of being updated with the latest trends. The new fashion is picking up on the things which hold more value and bring ethical culture to the forefront. At the end of the day, we are solemnly responsible for our successes and our failures, and the sooner we realise that our growth will be affecting on a global level and that we need to integrate that into our work ethics, the better we will be at becoming successful for bringing peace upon the planet. If we blame others because we aren’t where we want to be, we will always be a failure. At the same time, if we have a million-dollar dream with minimum-wage work ethics, it might end up being a short-lived dream after all. It is ideal to surround ourselves with people who are deeply rooted in their work ethics and understand the value of each product – this is food for thought for our future. Being ethical is the new cool!
EDUCATION AND EVOLUTION
Our education system needs to become stronger in order to balance knowledge with morality. The more people educate themselves the less they will blindly follow immoral systems created by corruption and unethical values that only believe in succeeding at any cost. If our education system is not designed to churn out thoughtful individuals, but instead keeps only focusing on getting jobs for more success, materialistic needs, and revenues, we will come home exhausted from the inanities of our jobs for turning to our social patterns which don’t allow us to equally respect each other on wider grounds. There’s no substitute for education – always look for knowledge, be humble and hungry to learn. Our attitude should be our price tag; it should show us how worthy and valuable we are instead of pointing out how unworthy and lowly the others are. What we do, how we live, and what we say makes a difference, therefore we should decide what kind of difference we wish to make. An educated mind has its own identity, it doesn’t require any specification when it comes to age, experiences, theories, or certification.
The great APJ Abdul kalam said, “Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, knowledge makes you great.” The best brains of the nation may be found on the last benches of the classrooms and the best human being in the last tier of the social circles. Why can’t we seek to educate ourselves enough to turn these struggling times of the world into the best transition of an educated society and a good life to live? With current technology and science, we are living in the times where we get to sit at home, have unlimited Wi-Fi access day-&-night, get anything and everything delivered to our doorsteps, and we can safely say that facing challenges or dealing with a pandemic of this magnitude or any other crisis is not as difficult as it used to be decades ago. It only makes sense to utilize this time to benefit from educational resources – it might just ensure a better society and mindset for all of us where we can coexist and live with equal acceptance, peace, and respect. Virtual education has become so effortless to access with portals like Byjus, Coursera, Khan Academy, and many others out there that I’m sure are providing the best they can. We can truly say that time is on our side when we see our life being this comfortable sitting indoors, focusing on the better-educated and evolved side of a human mind being useful and future-friendly. People are born with brains, and sometimes money, but work ethics level the playing game when they have been educated well.
DO YOUR SHORT-TERM ACTIONS LINE UP WITH YOUR LONG-TERM GOALS?
Slow and steady wins the race – hence, lastly, let’s be specific with what our goals are and build around that subject regarding how we would plan to execute them and where we wish to be in life, what groundwork we will need, how we will work on their basic requirements, and let’s make details of our specific goals. First, create a time limit and monthly/weekly/daily target notes. Step-by-step when we work on our goals, we will find clarity and by keeping our ethics in order we will build up a reputation and credit as an individual. The right balance of knowledgeable resources and values will create a specific goal to achieve and keeping that relevant to our personal life will bring the balance we will require. Every goal should have a specific timeframe but working on our craft has no time-limit. So, let’s not succumb to fixed social norms to follow the timeline ideology. Art has no time limit and true talent has no programmed categories, but the key factors do play a major part in what we are building for ourselves and for society. Not only are successful stories the best ones to read and get inspired from, but the biggest lessons of life are also hidden in narratives of failure. Ergo, live it all and learn from all our past mistakes; when someone needs true inspiration, they will find it in the smallest elements of life. We don’t need to be big and strong to be noticed – all we need to do to matter is just doing our bit.
The things that can bring a good balance in life or business are relatively few, such as:
- Good family and friends
- Personal growth and awareness
- Faith and devotion
- Career built on credible education
- Well-rooted & resourced finances
- Self-created support system
- Fun ideas and recreation methods
- Giving back to humanity
- Healthy physical environment
- Mental health awareness
- Maturity of mindfulness
Labelling master keys do keep our agendas in a very moderated, smart, and progressive order which will bring us long-lasting and responsible growth. This is more essential in today’s time. “If someone else can do it righteously so can I” that’s the mantra one must follow in life. And there are many good examples to follow which will inspire us to be better and stronger along with bolstering firm moral concerns in order.
“In the end I do respond to my own instincts. Sometimes they’re successful, and obviously sometimes they’re not. But you have to, I think, remain true to what you believe in.” – Anna Wintour