February is Black History Month in the USA, and a great opportunity to highlight some of the wisdom of great African Americans. Our featured sage today is Langston Hughes:
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”
This insightful quote reflects on a few things that are important to having personal victories, and accomplishing something in life. Let’s take a look at 3 things that influence accomplishment.
First, life is a discovery. No matter what anyone says, there’s no book, resource or manual that really says accurately all the time exactly how to live life. It may help you live life, but it can’t be specific to your life, because no one else has lived your life in the past to be able to write about it. So it’s up to you to work through the journey on your own. Of course, every journey improves with a good guide, someone who can help you figure out the journey.
Second, there are ways of getting where you want to go. Not just one, but at least 2 ways of getting to your chosen destination (and many times more). You may be working one road, I may be taking another, and 3 years from now we’ll both end up at the same destination. There’s always more than one way to see things, to approach situations and always another option.
Third, how motivated are you? Do you really want to go where you’re going? I’ve met tons of employees who are completely unsatisfied with their jobs. Some of them know where they’re going (nowhere) and others don’t know, both resulting in unhappiness. Some people are able to be motivated on accomplishing something even if the journey is not totally clear. I dare say that most people however, need a clear goal or destination and focus for their work in order to have strong enough motivation to really get it done in the way that would be best.
What about you? What have you learned from Langston Hughes and your journey??