December 30, 2013


Do you know what makes successful people different than ordinary people?

According to a book I am reading, there are two things most important in preparing yourself for success. One is going the extra mile. Never settle for average. If other people study for one hour, study for five. If others run two kilometers , run three. If people give up in 10 seconds, do not give up until 20. Always try to be more than ordinary. Therefore, let us make going the extra mile part of our culture, and give more initiative, time, effort, determination and so on than others. Then you will be successful.

Another recipe is….

Man shabara zhafira… He who is patient will be fortunate…

So do not worry about today’s suffering, just live on and see what will happen next. Because what we aim for is not for now, but there is something greater and more principle, to be a man who has found his mission in life. The mission is question is when you do something  positive of high quality and at the same time enjoy the process. If you feel good about doing something with minimal effort, maybe that is your God-given mission in life. Look for your own mission. Perhaps your mission is to learn Al-Qur’an, perhaps to be an orator, perhaps to read poetry, perhaps to write, perhaps anything at all. Find it and hopefully we all will become happy people…   

And the other hand, never let yourself be influenced by elements outside of yourself. BY ANYONE, ANYTHING, OR ANY ATMOSPHERE. Meaning, do not be sad, angry, or disappointed because of external factors. You are the ones with power over yourselves, so do not give that power to others.  Someone may hold a gun,  but you have a choice, to feel FEAR or STAND TALL. You have a choice, most deeply inside, and it has nothing to do with outside influence.

Have you ever gotten a punishment?

Well, were you angry, scared, upset, resentful, or even stronger?

Many answer must be scared and upset.

DO NOT LET ANYONE DESTROY YOUR MENTAL STATE. Do not let yourselves be upset and angry, THAT ONLY WATES ENERGY. Face it gracefully and learn from it. In fact, you can even laugh. It is just a temporary disruption. So choose your mood, in even the most messed-up situation. Because you are the masters and rulers of your own hearts.  And the heart that can always be controlled by its owner is the heart of a successful person.

Now, write your commitment in your journal. Whatever happens, an attack from ‘psycophat’, an aggravating response ever from someone, even the sky falling (so dramatic – hhe), I WILL NOT LET MYSELF SHAKE MY RESOLVE AND DREAMS!  I want to find the mission of my life that’s been provided by Allah.

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