Quote: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi
Today’s post was inspired by Sooraj Singh
The Rubik’s Cube, though one of the most brilliant puzzles ever invented, is the most frustrating to learn. This frustration/impatience has led those who cannot solve it to think that it can NEVER be solved, while those who can solve it see solving it as no big deal.
Over the next 2 weeks, I’ll share with you the life lessons I have learnt in my journey with the Rubik’s Cube.
Goal Setting:- Without a goal in mind, you are bound to be stuck at a point and this will lead to failure. Your goal must be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-bound) I had a written goal to learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube within a set time, and I started working towards achieving that goal. This has taught me that in life, one should set a clear written goal and work towards achieving that dream. Is it that you want to write your WASCE, JAMB or any other exam and pass at a sitting. Is it that you want to get your B.Sc by a certain age. WRITE your goal(s) and work towards your dream without allowing anything to distract you.
Set Deadlines:- Without deadlines, there is the possibility of shifting our efforts thereby leading to the goal not being accomplished. After attempting to solve the Rubik’s Cube several times but ending up in frustration, I gave myself one hour to learn the basics. I locked myself up in a room went on the internet to search for the simplest tutorial (which I found in Rubiks.com) and started reading/watching the video. Setting the deadline helped me to improve my efforts and I finally succeeded. This also applies in life, you must set deadline so that you can improve your efforts, and achieve your goal on time.
Focus:- The power of focus is key. Prior to the day I locked myself up, I couldn’t solve the Rubik’s Cube because I did not focus much on solving it. But on that day, I focused my mind and energy on learning to solve it. The life lesson I learnt is to focus on the task at hand. If you do, you will be surprised that you will complete that task in no time at all. I learnt that if I focus enough on anything, I can make it happen.
Patience:- Having the patience to go through the various steps in solving the Rubik’s Cube did not come easily to me, it was developed. What this taught me is to patiently follow due process after having written a clear goal in the course of attaining success. When I was trying to solve the Cube in haste, I got frustrated. But when I patiently read through the solution manual, and followed the processes involved, I discovered I was looking forward to the next stage after conquering a stage.
I shall continue next week. Till then, keep working hard on you Rubik’s Cube. NEVER give up!
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Have fun cubing!
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