“I once did not eat all day and did not sleep all night in order to think, but there was no benefit. It would have been better to study.” – Confucius
In the last two weeks I have been challenged magnificently from outside sources. This effect has greatly moved me forward in growth of mind and life apprehension. One thing, also, it has taught me.
Progress comes when that which is outside oneself moves to be inside, and produces a stirring effect.
“A truly intelligent person welcomes new ideas, for new ideas can add to the synergy of other accumulated ideas.” – Robert Kiyosaki
We must always be looking for the things apart from us that can draw out the things within us. Focus that is directed internally helps with definition, but it is the external being transposed to the internal that affords for cataclysmic accomplishment.
Let’s say your friend asks you to bake her a birthday cake for her child’s 2nd birthday party. You are ecstatic because she is willing to pay you £300 for the cake. But wait, you are not a baker. In fact, you have never baked a cake before in your life. But for £300 you are willing to give it a go. When you get home, you realize that you have only four ingredients that might help with the cake’s creation. Now at this point you know enough to realize that there is no way a great cake can be made out of what you have currently. “Well that can be remedied,” you say. And off to the supermarket you fly, in search of more ingredients. You proceed to buy anything you can imagine that might go into the making of such a cake worth £300. You arrive home and spread out all your purchases on the kitchen counter. Now you are ready to bake that cake. There is just one thing missing; instructions. Without a recipe and detailed instructions you cannot complete your task or make that £300. So out comes Google…
An open system is a flow of information, inspiration, and influence between yourself and the things outside of yourself. A closed system is a stagnation of the information, inspiration, and influence contained inside yourself. An open system allows for catalyzing of growth. A closed system runs into walls and dead ends.
“I never know from day to day what or who is going to inspire me. I just try to keep my eyes and my mind open.” -Linda Fargo
The last two weeks I’ve realized the extreme importance of opening up your system. This means meeting new people, trying new things, and thinking in new ways. This means opening your eyes and mind. This means pushing past normality and running after greatness.
Just remember, friends. To keep your system open. And I promise you will achieve great things.