LIFE LESSONS LEARNT WHILE SOLVING THE RUBIK’S CUBE

Quote: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi

Dear Friends,

This is in continuation of last week’s post which was inspired by Sooraj Singh.

Practice

Practice: – “Practice makes perfect”, so the saying goes, and so it truly is. You have to practice over and over again till you succeed. Take sportsmen and women for instance, they have to practice day and night in order to hone their skills no matter what the odds are. What this has taught me is to constantly practice in order be a better me. This is irrespective of our position in life.

Never Give Up

Never Give Up:- Never give up on your dream no matter the situation, no matter the number of times you fail. Your ability to get up and dust yourself up, then move on is what determines if you are a success or a failure. Giving up when you fail is not an option. My determination to learn how to solve the Rubik’s cube despite getting everything all muddled up when I thought I had solved a layer helped in getting the whole cube solved.

Learning

Learn the Process: – Sometimes in life we achieve success at a project the very first time, and subsequently we experience failure. The reason most times is because we do not understand the process involved. If I assist you in solving a Rubik’s Cube the first time, you will not be able to solve it unless you understand the process and Algorithms involved in the solution. When we skip the process, then we are heading towards failure. The lesson I learnt in this is to follow the process in achieving the goal.

Hardwork

Determination and Hard Work: – A combination of hard work and determination can unlock your potential. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” – Kevin Durant. Many people are talented in one area or the other, some are even multi-talented. But, it takes a lot of hard work with determination to unlock your potential. Without these two, your talent will be wasted. No matter how passionate you are about something, you need to work hard with unwavering determination in order to unlock your potential and succeed.

Accountability 

Accountability Partner: – Having a partner to account to will also help you to work harder. I made my little son my accountability partner, so I told him about my goal. Because I would not want to fail in this race thereby losing face before my little son, I had to work extra hard in ensuring I learnt to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Most times we don’t make public commitment about our goals because of fear of failure and criticism. So, remember to have an accountability partner so that it can compel you to work extra harder, and push you to succeeding.

Now you know what I learnt from the Rubik’s Cube. I hope you have learnt one or two things from this, and I hope you can use them and achieve success.

I look forward to knowing what you have learnt too. So, go ahead and share with us.

Till then, have fun cubing!

#ExperienceTheCube

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LIFE LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT

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Quote: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi

Dear Friend,

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

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.

Deadlnes

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

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

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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If you want to share your inspirational stories with us, please feel free to send a mail to kemi.awe@lhresourcesltd.com

Have fun cubing!
#ExperienceTheRubiksCube

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