Commitment – A Virtue Everyone Should Uphold
Commitment. It is one word that can make people run away in fear. What are you currently commited to in life? School? Relationship? Family? Career? In today’s post, let’s dive a little bit into commitment, and what it means to be committed to things that you enjoy doing. I am committed to this blog, and I will explain how so in todays post. This is story number 5…
Running a blog is hard work, especially this one. It is true that the Underground staff consists of more than just me. There is Voltaire, and then there are the non-so regular authors like Chyea, and…. *fly buzzes*. In short, it is basically Voltaire and myself. Due to my own schedule, I have more time to dedicate to posting and that is why the majority of postings on this blog is mine. Voltaire posts what he can, but a lot of his work is behind the scenes.
Like I said, to run your own blog or website or even business you got to have a strong will and be able to stay committed to your goals when the going gets rough. Let me give you an example of my daily schedule.
When I come home from work, its about 5 or 5:30PM. I get some food cooking on the stove, and prepare dinner. By the time I have eaten, its maybe 6pm. I then turn on the computer, and go to my blog, which is my homepage. Depending on how many people there are awaiting answers, it can take me as long as a few minutes to half an hour. Now I go to youtube, and answer the messages in my inbox, as well as the comments on all my random videos. On average, I get about 5 messages and 7 comments to reply back to each day. Then I go onto my yahoo mail, and answer any demonoid requests. By the time all is said and done, I could have easily spend an hour, in addition to answering peoples questions in hamachi. ;p
I haven’t even begun to start thinking about the blog in terms of writing a new post. If I want to work on a video tutorial, expect another few hours gone with recording and editing. Before you know it, its midnight and I need to get to sleep to wake up at 7am for work. Already you can see that I can spend various nights just dedicated to blog stuff. Being single makes it even easier, as I don’t have a family member or significant other to nag me about my habits. ;p
This right here is committment. Sometimes I get onto Voltaire’s case because I don’t see the same kind of activity level, but its hard to remember that everyone’s schedule is different. If I was in Voltaire’s same shoes, then perhaps I too will be eating my own words and hardly post at all. Such is life. I know Voltaire is dedicated to school, and of course in today’s day and age, education trumps all.
Which brings me to another good point. Never stop learning. You know what it is called when you get to a point in your life and you stop learning? It’s called death. Ok, maybe not but it can be. Or you could be handicapped or worse, in a coma. This would really suck. The brain is a muscle too you know. The more you think and learn, the more wrinkles you get on your brain. If you don’t excerise your brain, then you start to lose your sharpness. Remember how when you were a kid and you had to learn multiplication tables and cite them off the top of your head? Now when you have to do a simple calculation, you bust out your calculator?
If you go to a restaurant, do you think you can calculate 15% of 24.56? Yes? No? See, already you may be losing your wit, and I encourage you to be committed in sharpening your mind too.
Here at the blog, we try to challenge you. Perhaps try to push you to the next step, because whatever you are reading about here on the blog, you got to be committed in following through, or you may not even bother reading the article in the first place. xD
As you get along in your life, you will see that developing the habit of making strong committments and sticking to them is a very important skill to have. When I was back in high school and college, I spent a lot of time being involved in extracurricular activities and community service. In doing so, I was able to go to a very good engineering school, as well as win several scholarships along the way. When I graduated from college, I was debt free. No student loans, none whatsoever. I cannot say the same for some of my friends. They are currently jobless, or in a job they hate but got to roll with it because they got Uncle Sam waving the banting stick above their head.
However, if you have a good career, and not afraid of taking risks, then making money should be the least of your worries. Hey, at least you got your health and are alive, right? There are so many other virtues that are important like the word committment, but I shall save that for another day. Let me know what you are committed to in life, and how you strive to meet your goals. We need to inspire each other to do great things, only then can innovation truly happen.