FAILURE=SUCCESS=BRAVERY

Sometimes I hear a message and everything in me rejects it. I hate it when I hear: if you work hard, you’ll be rewarded.

It’s not true, or maybe it’s only true in a long run. Your efforts are what should count, anything beyond that is none of your business. Yes it will affect you – But it’s beyond your control. For example, studying only improves your chances of passing. It does not guarantee you a pass. You MIGHT make it. But you are also risking a “NOT MAKING IT”

As you decide to write an exam, you should know it’s a like a coin – there’s two sides on it. As you are signing up for a pass, you are also signing up for a fail. But it gets better when you know where you put value in.

A friend of mine had failed an exam, and I said to him: I think you know the work. You really do. The only thing that disadvantaged you was that maybe you didn’t really put effort in the section of the work asked in the paper. So, I really think it’s not entirely your fault. Just like someone who passed, only because they got lucky that the section of the work they love or put more effort in was in the paper. You are just being implicated by the system designed, and that system says there should be certain marks on the exam paper, and someone will get to choose what to include in the paper to just fit in the marks without you knowing about their choice.

So it’s more like: Are the forces with me today? if yes. then YES!! But if no, then it’s still okay. You did your part and you showed up.

But it transcends beyond academics. It is life. I do not allow my 9-year-old little brother to have ideas that input=output. No – it only equals a possibility. There’s high chance that it might equal output, but there is a chance that input might be greater than the output just as there is a chance that output might be greater than your input (some would call it luck).
That is a reality for me. We should stop listening to motivational speakers selling us dreams. The sooner we get this, the better. When you showed up for failure that’s bravery.
Bravery because you risked the emotional, psychological turmoil that comes with not making it. Just as it’s also bravery to succeed because you decided to put yourself in those awful and hard moments for success. It’s equal. It’s both. None is greater than the other.
But one thing we should never stop doing is this: WE GATHER TOOLS, GET ON OUR PART OF THE WORK (INPUT) AND SHOW UP WITH DETERMINATION (SIGNING UP TO A RISK OF FAILURE|SUCCESS)
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