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Why I Want To Achieve Greatness

(Image courtesy of The image is from Dreamworks 2006 film; She's The Man, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes. The film was produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Tom Rosenberg, and Gary Luchessi and directed by Andy Fickman. In this picture, Tatum is quoting Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare)

Did William Shakespeare divide humanity into three groups? Were some born great while others achieve greatness? Does another group exist that has greatness thrust upon them? What happens if the outside world believes that you are effortlessly talented? What happens if society knew how long it took you to become proficient? What happens if everyone says that your circumstances were thrust upon you? So, what group would you want to be in?

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Were some born great? Yes. The innate achievers demonstrate the limitless potential of society. Pablo Picasso, Wolfgang Mozart, and every prodigy belong to this group. These people change the sphere we operate on. With this natural talent, many people born great have a fatal flaw. What if the longer they live, the less their work is valued? This happened to Picasso. I recently read a book called Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers y Claudia Kalb, where Kalb stated that Picasso's early work is worth more than his later worth. Consequently, the more time Picasso lived, the less his artistic merit was worth. Are the people born great similar to the organic produce in the refrigerator? Are both meant to spoil?

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The people with greatness thrust upon them appear to have the worst lot. Their success is due to being at the right place and time. There are no other qualifications. But, what can this group teach everyone? But, the group teaches us that putting yourself out there puts a person on the correct path. Instead of explaining this group's merits, I want to examine Natasha Bedingfield's song Touch. In the song, Bedingfield belts how the only reason she met her love interest at her party was that she spilled coffee on a random guy (his potential boss). When the potential boss canceled the interview, the love interest could make it to the party. Was Bedingfield telling the world that her great love story was because of high heels and chance? Yes, she was.

(Video courtesy of Natasha Bedingfield. The video was found on Youtube)

Finally, the people that achieve greatness. These underdogs start at the bottom of the pack. These big dreamers can't see the pitfalls others know. So, they must become pioneers, either blinded by idealism or faith in the universe. They must work double as hard as others to get a quarter of the average ROI. These people need to forage for supplies to build their success. To achieve greatness, a person realizes they are human and will err. Achievers prove to the world that putting in the extra effort can create the strongest effect.

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So, Shakespeare, I do not want to be born great because I want to achieve greatness.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia. The image depicts The Chandos Portrait of William Shakespeare accredited to John Taylor circa 1600s. The painting can be found at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England)


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