Do you know why I don’t like Elon Musk? He is an example of a modern-day hero who has time for everything: inventing electric cars, flying into space, develop artificial intelligence, reinvent the trains of the future, trading bitcoins, and he has a time making money and life. It feels like this man has 500 hours in a day instead of 24!
Personally, I can’t do that. I don’t understand: how is it possible to be on time when doing completely different things? How is it possible to be the best at everything simultaneously? How is it possible to cheat time? After all, it is well known that it takes time to develop any business, any skill, any endeavor.
I am also an entrepreneur like Musk. But I don’t have such speeds, I can’t imagine how this is possible. I thank God that in such a short 24 hours I have time to cope well with one big thing. But the imposed modern media images like Musk tell us that we need to do more. But how? Become superhumans?
Sometimes I think that maybe I’m not good enough? Sometimes I feel like giving up because I realize: “I’m very small, I have a small business, I don’t have big influence, I can’t change many things to become like HE”. But instead of focusing on what I can’t do, I realize it’s better to choose more positive and constructive tactics for myself.
Today I want to share with you a short parable of modern reality that will give you a different perspective on today’s world:
A one man was sitting in the park eating a meat pie. A stray dog came up to him and stared at him sadly. The man broke off half of the pie and gave it to the dog.
A woman walked by and started grumbling:
– You’re feeding pies to dogs here. And meanwhile there are children starving in Africa.
– I understand what you mean. But I can’t get that pie to Africa.
Of course, this short story is not a imposition of some truth. There will be those who will object that today there is the Internet, charitable sites where a man could do charity work, could help more poor people. And they are right, too. But we don’t know anything about this man: maybe he’s already helping children, just in his own town.
Personally, that’s what this story makes me think. It’s not just about charity and compassion. It’s about the fact that each of us can make a difference around here. Yes, not on a global scale. But why do you have to claim such a global scope?
Personally, I discovered the following truth from this parable:
Instead of lamenting the imperfections and injustices of this world, it is better to focus on improving what is near you.
Our possibilities are limited. And we probably won’t become Elons Musk #2. So why splurge on grandiose discoveries, attempts to building billion-dollar businesses, and other unrealizable dreams? It’s much more productive to focus on more down-to-earth things: your small business, your small city or your neighborhood. After all, no one is obliging us to jump over our heads: we have the right to choose the area of responsibility that we can. And that’s where we need to start making changes.
The second important lesson I learned from this parable is this:
We cannot be responsible for the whole world, but we are responsible for the world near us.
That’s why if your neighborhood or city seems dirty, untidy, poor, uncomfortable, it’s partly your fault. Why? Because you’re probably not doing anything to change it.
Personally, I’m a big believer in karma. I always try to help people who live near me. I’m also constantly involved in various meetings of our neighborhood administration. And do you know what I’ll tell you? It works. I think my neighborhood is one of the best in the city!
And finally, a third important lesson from this parable:
Do what you can do.
We cannot cheat time. Therefore, it must be used rationally. You don’t have to set yourself exorbitant goals and subject your mind to pointless perfectionism. Be realistic. If you think that the world around you is terrible, don’t try to change it alone.
Do what you can. Do what you can do, and do what makes sense to you. Yes, it’s good to have a big strategy and global goals. But a concrete step for here and now is more important.