Success. There is perhaps only one way to achieve it.
For a good part of my childhood I’ve been asking myself one question almost everyday: How do I improve my writing? And I wasn’t the patient type, I didn’t want to wait to get better, I wanted to get better right then and there, and after years of searching I found the answer. It was simple and it was hard to accept at first. Practice; years of research all compressed into a single word.
The original equation:
Practice = Improvement
That’s the equation I had first come up with, and since then, everywhere I go, I have been carrying around a notebook, practicing my writing. When I’m on the bus, I’d look out the window at a scene and pull out my handy dandy notebook. I’d open it up to a fresh page and describe the scene as best as I could. And after a week of “practice,” I’d sit down and look through all the pages I had written, I’d make corrections where needed. After a few months, I had revised the equation, I had understood that there was one more key element missing from the equation. An element which gave the equation life.
Acceptance was the final piece of the unsolved puzzle. To accept ones mistakes is the first step to improvement. Therefore:
The revised equation:
Practice + acceptance = Improvement
There is one aspect of life that we as humans are constantly at war with, that is our selves. Before anything, before even thinking of getting better you must first learn to accept yourself for who YOU are. Improvement in its purest form is acceptance of ones abilities and limitations. After accepting your self, you must pass those limitations with hardwork and determination.
Just practice, practice and practice some more. It will pay off; there are no shortcuts to life.
Just like society today, this equation will change by the day. It is a generic equation, applicable to all, you simply need to see the process.