I would like to apologize for the lateness of this post. To be totally honest it has not been the hectic schedule I have been running as of late but rather the “funk” I have been in. I can say that it has been a difficult month November to remain focused and motivated. And then this question came.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” This question coming after a tough month and then this video comes to my attention.
As if this video, although it is the Simpsons and we must consider the source, didn’t make a few of us academics really ask the question; was grad school the right decision? I have to admit, I have been a guy looking ahead at what is next and where am I going. But recently I have had my vision of the next few years cloudy. And it has been a real challenge. I know that from all that I have read, I need to be in the present, not focusing on the future or past, as it leads to you missing out on what is happening now, but we all have aspirations.
But I have had a week since I posted that I was dreading this post. I was thinking I was going to write a post of confusion, uncertainty and partial disappointment. But that was a few weeks back, and I have had time to think, to ponder (the beard though out November helped me to ponder) and to start to refocus.
And I have had time to hit a few more books. If you are looking for inspiration, look no farther than Robin Sharma and any of his writings. I am going to pull a section from his book, “The Greatness Guide 2”. In Chapter 4 he writes,
“Be so good they can’t ignore you. Sometimes discouragement sets in. Happens to all of us. We try hard, stay true to our dreams and pursue our ideals. Yet nothing happens. Or so it seems. But every choice matters. And every step counts. Life runs according to its own agenda, not ours. Be patient, Trust. Be like the stonecutter, steadily chipping away, day after day,. Eventually, a single blow will crack the stone and reveal the diamond. An enthusiastic, dedicated person who is ridiculously good at what they can do just cannot be denied. Seriously.”
Robin Sharma is one smart man and I recommend you all go out and get one of his books. They can be inspiring and life changing. And after reading that, I started to think, and again ponder (I still had the beard and men with beards ponder… a lot). I try to be humble yet hungry to be great. I try to remain true to my ideal of not being the boisterous guy in this profession. And lately I have started to think, F@#K THAT. You know what, here is what I think, and once again, this is not intended to offend anyone, but to motivate myself and those who feel the same.
I am ridiculously good at what I do. I have put in the time. I am not grouped in with 80% of the people out in this profession who do not know what they are doing but they are “passionate about what they do.” Say I am passionate about boobs and have a stethoscope, that doesn’t make me a plastic surgeon. There are those of us who have dedicated our lives to doing what we do, and we are experts. We are here to endure the trends and fads. We are here to educate those who are looking to be informed. We are here for the long haul, to serve those who have gone to “those who are passionate” but do not get results or get hurt. We will be there for people to turn to. Why, because we are ridiculously good at what we do, and an enthusiastic, dedicated person who is ridiculously good at what they can do just cannot be denied.
Remember that there are going to be days that you question your decisions. You wonder what the hell you are doing on this journey. You have chosen this route for a purpose. It will lead you where you are to go but you just have to trust it. Be the best you can be (as cliché as that sounds). And one thing I have stuck to is, when people ask me what makes me sure, what makes me right? I reply with a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, “I can’t say that I am sure. This is my opinion and it is based on my understanding and knowledge at this time.” I will leave you with the thought for you to ponder for the week.
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”