Woohoo! Ten followers! Thank you guys for appreciating my work. In celebration of this beginner’s milestone, I’m introducing a new Category of Thought: The Social Stimulus Package! More will be explained below, but for now, enjoy!
So I was watching “The Guru of Go” today and a couple of days back. Here it is. (Non-profit/educational use only. No money was made from using this and blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda etc. etc.)
For those of you who don’t have the time to sit down and watch for the whole fifty or so minutes, it was a documentary of Paul Westhead, a coach for the Lakers who got fired, coached Loyola Marymount and got fired after Hank Gathers passed on and because of being accused (unfairly I think) of retaining possible information on Gathers’s heart condition, and finally wound up coaching the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) after being fired several more times for a couple of years from other basketball teams.
He was the first coach to ever win a WNBA title and championship for the Phoenix Mercury.
However, this isn’t important. What’s truly important is that he persevered.
Even through hardships, disappointment, sadness of losing a prized player from Loyola Marymount, and misdirected accusations, Paul Westhead never gave up. Paul Westhead never backed down. He kept on trying to run his system, and he succeeded with the WNBA, a shocking victory for many at the time.
Perseverance is the greatest success. It doesn’t matter how you get there or what obstacles that you may face, it just matters that you’ve tried and that you’ve done something new, amazing, and worthy of writing down somewhere. Even failing can be a success, as you’ve tried, and now you know that you shouldn’t be doing things the same way ever again.
I was watching an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” in which he was telling a failing restaurant’s chef/owner to not let his ego or his fear of being imperfection get in the way. This chef was apparently so set on being perfect that he thought that everything that he did was perfect. This, obviously, did not help with the work environment and the employees, who wanted someone who was humble enough to accept mistakes and work hard to achieve his goals. In the end, Gordon Ramsay had to pound it into the chef that failure is always a part of life, and that disappointment is always inevitable. It’s a byproduct of creativity, just like how carbon dioxide is a byproduct of cellular respiration (yes, biology, and I’m glad I still remembered that). Ramsay even told the chef that during his first few years as a chef, a restaurant that he opened up in his own hometown didn’t do so great first off. But Gordon Ramsay kept on trying. He kept on doing what he loved. Most importantly, he persevered.
Look where he is now. Twelve restaurants worldwide. Internationally acclaimed chef. Star of several TV cooking shows, including a home cooking show with his children. And, according to his website:
Ramsay received an OBE (Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II) in 2006 for services to the industry.
How great is that. And all because of perseverance. Kudos to you, Sir Ramsay. And to you too, Mr. Westhead.
Don’t let anything get you down. You will always find something to succeed at in the end.
The Social Stimulus Package is a new Category of Thought that I’m adding to this blog. Society seems joyless, bogged down by reality and the harshness of life. Even I sometimes get weighed down with worry and stress. A Social Stimulus Package (my invention, patent pending, totally legitimate in my little world) is aimed towards readers who need a boost of happiness, an injection of just random glee, a stimulant to jump-start their weeks. No one should be sad forever; everyone should be provided with a bit of confidence and uplift once in a while. I, for one, am pretty nervous with the way my life is going. But my writing this and everything else that I’ve written on the blog helps me relieve my stress and stay positive.
Bear in mind that I will not be stopping my rants and other arguments. I will, however, randomly choose each week whether to write in either one category or the other. Depends on what I’m feeling that week.
I don’t always want to denounce society. Society needs happiness. Sure, creativity and inspiration are some of the perfect sources of happiness, but sometimes all a person needs is a “stimulus package” dropped on their doorstep to boost their “happiness economy”.