Oct
28

“I am the Master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”

Posted in category Personal Development

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If you’ve paid close attention to the content of my Blog, you’ve probably noticed that it continually changes (hopefully for good).

If you are attentive enough you have probably seen that the following quote “… I am the Master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” by Williams Ernest Henley used to be a slogan on this Blog (right below the Blog title).

The reason why I kept it there is because I want to represent a wave of awakening people (those who realize that success in life depends only on people themselves). And now let me tell you why I think it is worth writing a whole new post on this wonderful 14-word quote.

First time I heard this saying mentioned by Robin Sharma, a personal and organizational leadership coach, who used the quote to support the argument that it is really up to us what it is we want to accomplish in a specific time frame.  Long story short, if one does small things on a consistent basis he or she will become an expert in 3 mere years, he said.

Of course 3 years of doing something one does not love will seem like a torture. That’s why becoming an expert has to come from the deep down of your heart.

Now, think of an airplane. Every plane has a route to follow. If that plane alters its route by one tiny degree (like in the image above) where do you think that plane will end up in 1o years as compared to its original destination. Do you think the difference will be enormous. Darn right!

Another point. Have you ever heard someone say or perhaps you’ve said this also “He or she is really good”? Let me tell you this, today being good is not enough. You have to be great (Jim Collins), excellent (Robert Waterman) or extraordinary (Anthony Robbins).

Making small good contributions will bring you to the greatness, excellence and the extraordinary outcomes. By analogy, doing small bad things (things you know you should not do), will eventually bring you to the place you never wished for yourself. Unfortunately, it is very easy to get caught up on the latter. So, I challenge you to become the Master of your fate and the Captain of your soul.

Think this way all the time, be it writing a thesis or working on your business project or doing something that is not easy, and you will eventually succeed in anything you do. I promise you! Just remind yourself, nothing is permanent.


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