This Saturday I started my exercise routine a little after 10 in the morning. I felt so energized although the past couple months have been and the next couple months will be a challenge of their own. A myriad of things to do in a very limited time, top line, bottom line, plans, initiatives, projects – and I told myself ‘you’re not allowed to give in’. I feel the fire burning inside me – bring them on!
I bet you knew how Thomas Alva Edison’s enthusiasm illuminating our dark nights. You should find yourself a book about Thomas Alva Edison if you don’t know about this one of the world great inventors, like Thomas Alva Edison for Dummy, for example. *smile* His fighting spirit, the fire that’s burning inside him, is what’s inspired so many people – including me. So, this Saturday morning while I jogged on the treadmill I thought a lot about the fire and how it has affected my life and others so far – I challenged myself to list down his quotations that I could recall during the 30-minute jog. And, here is the list (not bad though):
- “I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
- “I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.”
- “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”
- “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
- “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
- “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”
- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
- “There’s a way to do it better – find it.”
- “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
- “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”
- “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
- “There is no substitute for hard work.”
- “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”
- “The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”
- “Be courageous! Have faith! Go Forward!”
And then I recalled an interesting article in Kompas Daily Newspaper (Saturday, July 14, 2007) titled “Antusiasme” by Eileen Rachman & Sylvina Savitri from EXPERD. They put a quotation at the beginning of their article: “An enthusiast is a fanatic about life. And because the enthusiast has the attitude that good things will happen, good things do happen.”
Yes! I believe in it. We need a lot of enthusiasts in Indonesia – the honest ones, of course. The hardest part is how to put the fire inside everybody. When I say inside everybody, I mean everybody in Indonesia. We read and see so many bad things happen in Indonesia – most of them are things that we’re not proud of, things that we want to change but don’t know where to start, etc.
If you have that fire inside you, keep it burning! We can make things better even if it’s only in our working place. We owe this to the next generation.