“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”―William A. Ward

There are wise words that will surely hit us. Some might be written in a simple manner but holds a deeper meaning.

People ask, what drives you. Fear? No. We are normally bent to think positively—that needs will be given when it’s the right time, without working hard on it. And when the time comes and nothing happened, we blame someone.

The drive is purpose, live a life of purpose. When you know what you want in life, you work for it. When you know your purpose, you can use it to help others.

People tend to blame someone for our incapability to think and act decisively. We are born with potentials, talent can be inborn but new talent and skills can be learned through passion and dedication.

Use those talents and skills to create something. Stop waking up everyday in a routine. Start the mindset of working for the present and future. Think in a 5-to-10-years manner.

Society tells you that money is the root of evil and come what may. The root of evil is the mind, whatever is born out of the mind turn things into what it thinks to be.

It is good to see that you are doing well in your life because of what you have invested in the past. But things don’t end there, you must continually invest to make yourself better, and to benefit your future.

I have read and heard about Aesop’s Fables since I was young. This day, at work, I found some of Aesop’s Fables. While reading one-after-another, I get stuck with The Ant and the Grasshopper.

I’ve seen a lot of people doing their best to invest while they’re still young. It’s not about money, but instead, they are investing in knowledge and skills. They knew that It will reach a time that all their sweat will be paid.

Here’s the Aesop’s fable for a refresher:

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants
distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:

It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

© 2017 Onie Maniego and The Paper Drafts

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