Alexander the Great. Universally considered one of the world’s greatest leaders. He lived over 2,000 years ago, and in his short life (he died at 32) he conquered over 2,000,000 square miles of land. At one point in his conquests, he entered a city. In this city, there was a famous oxcart. The cart was tied to a big pole with an impossibly complex knot. Known as the “Gordian knot.” It had been prophesied that whoever could untie this knot would be the king of all Asia. Many had tried to untie the knot over the years. Everyone had failed. But Alexander was determined. After some careful thought, he took out his sword. He lifted it high, and brought it down on the knot… slicing it in half! And knot was undone. And later, he did indeed become the ruler of much of Asia. Just like it was prophesied. A simple solution to a complex problem. But are there always
“The best inspirations and aspirations are nothing but hot air without perspiration.” -The Valorian Keep this in mind when you find yourself wondering why your inspirations and aspirations are not leading you to the success that you were hoping for. It is okay to have the inspiration to something, and the aspiration to be someone, but without the perspiration, you cannot move towards accomplishing your goals and dreams. When you do add perspiration, you are adding the fuel to get things going for yourself which leads you towards accomplishing your goals and dreams. My mother serves as a good example of how her aspiration, inspiration, and perspiration all came together to bring her success. When I was beginning my senior year in high school, I joked with my mom how I may get my diploma before she got her GED. Being the competitor she was, she told me that she would get it first, and then the race was on!
“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” -Lisa M. Hayes Keep this in mind whenever you wonder how your own words can affect you. Considering that you are the first person to hear yourself, you will take heed to your own words. When you tell yourself that you cannot, you are likely to stay in your comfort zone causing you to miss out on a chance to improve yourself. When you tell yourself you can, you are likely to try something new and have the chance to improve yourself. I remember whenever I would do my video thoughts, I would often hear myself because I was the first person to speak, edit, and review it before anyone else did. The words that I spoke served as motivation for me to keep going because I felt that I was giving something to world that was given to me: encouragement and hope. Now I could have spoken negativity