“Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.” – Benjamin Hardy
Most of us lead a distracted life.
Distracted while at home with families, distracted while at work. Distracted on our commute, at the restaurants, in the shower, everywhere.
We are the middle child of history. We love going through life without creating much of a ruckus, never experiencing the fullness of life. Big corporations keep coming up with shiny things that keep us distracted for a lifetime. They keep supplying us smartphones, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Clash of the Clans, Candy Crush Saga in return for our distraction.
Entertainment has become more important than purpose. We have replaced our dreams with the latest TV series everyone else is talking about, that mobile game you play to kill some time, social media to seek validation from others. We kill time and in return, time kills us, one step at a time. Entertainment and distraction are shaping our planet.
As a result, we suck at relationships, we are stuck in jobs we hate, and we talk about people behind their backs. We complain about our work, gossip about friends, whine about life. Our personal development has come down to learning new tricks in office while the world is in need of storytellers, peacemakers, healers, wizards and lovers of every kind. An entire generation is trapped in mediocrity.
We study to get jobs and not to learn. We work so that we can get married. We get married to have kids. And we teach our kids the same way we were taught. The cycle continues. Aren’t we all living the déjà vu? We are the generation that spends more money on gadgets and gluttony than education. Yet, we complain about being stuck in superficial relationships.
We are the by-product of social media. We show-off our best photos with layers and layers of filters to seek validation from people who are in the same boat. Our photos are edited. Our events are over-exposed. Our foods are photographed. We embraced smartphones as a solution without considering the negativities inadvertently accompanied by a new technology. Most of us aren’t ready to struggle for anything. We accept what we are given and in our free times disengage from the reality. Thanks to entertainment.
We tend to downgrade ourselves or overvalue at the slightest hint of temporary success. There is no in between. It’s not our school results or college degrees. What we learnt there is not applicable to this real-world struggle. Hence, the entire focus is on self-education. How do we do that? That can’t be found on Candy Crush Saga or the latest season of GoT. The current generation goes through life “in quiet desperation with their songs left unsung.”
At some point, we all dream of finding that perfect partner in our lives. Some tend to go overboard. Like this friend of mine. He once taught me an important lesson. He was in his early 20’s when one day he began compiling a list of every attribute he wanted to see in his dream girlfriend. Eventually, he ended up filling 20 pages of his notebook with features he wanted his perfect match to have. At the end of his list, he realized one important thing.
A woman who possesses all those qualities would not end up with a guy like him!
He needed to become a better version of himself to attract what he dreams. We must become a better version of ourselves to achieve what we complain about. If you want a million dollar in your savings account, stand in front of a mirror and take a good look. Do you have the mindset of a millionaire? Do you have the self-discipline to own that much of money? Or you just keep playing mindless mobile games and binge-watch your favourite TV series? People complain about being broke without realizing one simple fact – we are getting exactly what we deserve. Your sincerity is in question.
When you engage yourself in mediocre and subpar activities, spend time with equal minded individuals, you will receive what you are entitled to receive at that stage. Forget about experiencing the type of success extraordinary people enjoy. If you aren’t obsessed with something, you’re doing it wrong. You must have something bigger to keep you motivated. That something bigger will prevent you from getting distracted when others around you are busy keeping them entertained. Don’t pursue something because you want to be a legend, you will fall by the wayside or burn out soon. Pursue something that fascinates, compels and makes you forget time.
Spending time on the ‘Internet’ is a deadly impulse and successful people can’t afford it. I could go on, but you get the idea. Here’s wishing you luck and strength and a little touch of wizardry should you need it.
तू खुद की खोज में निकल,
तू किस लिए हताश है,
तू चल तेरे वजूद की,
समय को भी तलाश है, समय को भी तलाश है।