Have you heard of the phrase ‘winning by volume’ in your worldly travels? It works like this. Study consistently and continuously to gain your knowledge so that when you need an answer, it is not the first time you have heard of this subject or concept.
The only common denominator in the many success stories I have read about is summed up in one word: Persistence. Alter your dreams and know when something is not the right path and let it go.
However, it is still important that you make sure you do find another path to the top of the mountain!
I came across a story on the Lifehacker site that told of a young, ‘starting out’ stand up comedian who had a gig in a club where Jerry Seinfeld was performing. Backstage the young newbie comic approached Seinfeld and asked him for any hints that he could use for his career.
Seinfeld shared his secret to developing your skills and following your passion. He said to the comic that he needs to write every day, starting today, and at the close of the day put a big red X on the calendar. No matter how inspired or uninspired he was, he would need to write every day and after a short time, he would have an entire ‘chain’ of X’s along the calendar weeks.
Seinfeld said “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”
The point was made that the quality of the work was not a major issue, but the consistency of not breaking the chain was the most important factor.
I often encourage my teenage students to ‘win by volume’. In other words, study so much that when I ask them a question, it is not the first time they have heard it.
We see this concept being lived out in many celebrated achievers.
Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.Thomas Edison
Some resources claim that many of Edison’s greatest inventions were actually accidents that occurred while he was trying to achieve something else and the sheer shared volume of his productivity is what developed these results.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.Thomas Edison
Horror book writer Stephen King wrote in ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work”.
Personally, I have faced many challenges in my learning. I have disabilities that prevent me from being your standard classroom student. I now realise there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going!
I win by volume all the time by saturating myself in a subject. It is time-consuming and stressful sometimes and the rewards are rarely instant.
However, I maintain my consistency and this 9th-grade dropout is starting a second Master’s degree soon. I remind myself that I am in the discernment process towards wisdom which like any good recipe cannot be rushed by turning up the heat! Time and the compounding interest of experience must be allowed to do their work.
So keep at it and do not give up! You may not end up where you planned, but often in a better place than you planned.
Choose your ‘community’ and your support team well, life is harder without this. Is your community inspiring and releasing you to go onwards and upwards to new heights in your career or holding you down? Are you getting things done with education and motivation and or just treading water?
This week win by volume and pound those walls and push those them over!
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