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MOTIVATION : How extraordinary do you have to be?


“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

-Thomas Foxwell Buxton

I am kinda fed up of people asking me how talented I am to write an examination or what background I have to write it. I am also tired of people linking it to my past with useless comments comparing this to other achievements in my life, especially the ones I did not excel at all. I am also very tired of doubting myself when someone says that I do not possess the extraordinary skills to achieve something.

After complaining this much about everything and everyone in Life, I have come to a realization that the word extraordinary is a myth. People seem to keep using it to scare you away, to make you feel uncomfortable. I don’t really understand what they gain out of it and I don’t understand why they do it either. All I know is that they do it and I don’t really like it. I do know who I am and I do know what I want in life, isn’t that a sufficient requirement for achievement in life? And if the answer was no, perhaps the additional requirement would be that additional perseverance, not some stupid skill which we have proved about in the past. Like Buxton says, it is not the extraordinary skill that matters, it is you who does, it is how much you want it that does and it is the unflinching perseverance which makes all the difference, not any other reason!

Related: There is always someone to tell you that you are wrong!