What You Can Learn Now That Can Change Your Life

organizational-change.jpg   You are reading this right now maybe because you feel empty. Maybe you feel that you are not living up to your potential. You know in yourself that you are capable of amazing things but something is stopping you.

Well, just read on and I’ll share with you a one liner that changed me forever.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

This words are from no other than the great Leonardo da Vinci. Since I’ve come across this quote, mabye 3 or 4 years ago, I began planning of doing great things like a charity for the poor or even saving someone from a burning building. Unfortunately, school kinda pulled me back from these plans. I became busy with studying for tests, my class schedule covers my whole day and when I have free time, I spend them on playing video games because I felt that I was deprived of having fun.

Then recently, I felt an emptiness inside of me. I felt like I’ve spent too much time waiting for something to happen. I convinced my self that the world owes me something and I’m waiting for that debt to be repaid.

This emptiness in me kept growing until one of our teacher pissed me off. I’m not going to further explain what happened. Let’s just say, he is not cut out to be a teacher specially in college.

My experience with this guy kind of gave me an epiphany. That if I keep doing what I’m doing even if I don’t believe it to worth it then I’m gonna be like him. A desperate old man who doesn’t love what he’s doing.

So what did I do? I quit school. I taught myself how to paint and draw. Now, I make a fortune doing what I love. Just kidding. I can’t quit school, I still find it important. Nor do I make a fortune from painting.

What I really did was make a plan. To envision myself 10 years from now. How do I want to be remembered? What contributions would I like to make? Will my role model (for me it’s da Vinci) tell me that he’s proud of me if I get a chance to meet him?

These are the questions that ran into my mind after having that realization. After a few days I was able to finish my plan. I needed to be creative to accomplish my plan so right now, I’m teaching myself how to paint and draw. Sometimes I experiment with clay. It is also why I started blogging. To be able to hone my creativity and share my ideas to others.

My plan was simple. I want to change the world. I want to revolutionize education and the video game industry. I want to change the world by producing immersive games that would teach children the things they tend to have trouble remembering.

I won’t delve more into my plans. My point here is that you should stop thinking that the world owes you anything because it doesn’t. You can die now and the world will still be here. You have to stop waiting for your moment. Stop  letting fate or destiny decide who you will become. Instead go out in the world and do what you love. Do what you believe will make you and others happy. Start changing the world by changing your self (I know, its a little cliche but its true).

I’ll end with a quote by another great man, Steve Jobs:

“the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Now go and stop waiting. Go out and happen to things.

Advertisements

11 comments

  1. I always think of Da Vinci as a cautionary tale – he got to the end of his life convinced that he hadn’t accomplished much, that he still had too much left unfinished. There is a down side to being a renaissance man. Truly, he discovered so much that was lost and had to be rediscovered – perhaps because of his reputation as a bit of a flake.

    There was an artist whose name I can’t remember right now (I probably don’t remember it because he was not considered a great artist, but I have a biography somewhere & I’ll look it up later.) who worked with Da Vinci for a time, kept him focused, kept him on task, completed some of his assignments, kept his patrons happy, sort of like a business partner. I wonder if Da Vinci had stayed with him if it would have helped or hindered his genius.

    He was such an open-minded thinker. For the most part I think he’s a good inspiration.

    • I think your talking about Franceso Melzi. I’m not sure, but he worked with Leonardo for some time. I think until his death? or maybe Salai?
      Anyway. Yeah, da Vinci accomplished many things but had the capacity to do more. He was of course just a man, capable of mistakes and poor decisions. But overall, he was a great man and for me, the greatest man who ever lived. He was centuries ahead of his time and deserve more acknowledgement than he receives today.

      • I agree – he was a great man! and yes, I believe it was Melzi. Definitely not Salai – wasn’t he kind of a weasel? A moocher and a thief I think.

        I just feel sad for Da Vinci that he didn’t feel better about what he had accomplished. Even if he never did publish most of his findings and even if he never made that horse, he did far more than most others.

        When you talk about Leonardo, I think of other deep thinkers, ones who couldn’t keep their minds on the mundane acts of living – Archimedes, Einstein. Interesting people.

      • I just want to make sure you understand that I think Da Vinci is one of our heroes and I certainly don’t mean to try to topple him. His failures and foibles are only an interesting thing to talk about and in no way diminish his greatness. He died 500 years ago and we still speak his name. That’s really amazing. Please don’t take my comment to be disparaging. I meant no disrespect at all and you’re right to draw inspiration from him.

        A few years ago I was involved in a book study that made me begin to see the importance of having heroes, these great men and women who have impacted the world for the better. If you want to see something I wrote about it https://breakingground.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/chapter-7-method-6/

      • Hey. I’m sorry if It came out that way. I didn’t mean to sound like that. I agree totally with what you are saying. I was just expressing my opinion at that time, I didn’t intend to sound mean or something like that.

  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful post! It is something I needed to read, it made me rethink what I’ve been doing. I’ve been feeling empty for so long now. As though all I do is not enough, and because of this I’ve been lazing around waiting for the world to give me back what I think (thought) I deserved. Thank you so much! I think I’ll be reading this quite often until it permanently sinks in.🙏

      • Thank you so much! I will remember that, thank you so much!😄 Keep up the great work in painting, drawing and writing. 👏

  3. We’re just getting to know each other so it might take a while to figure out “tone.” But keep being honest, it’s something that makes conversations and people interesting.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s