The Pre-Eminent Way Of Predicting The Future Is To Contrive It


Just for a while imagine yourself being told that you will never be able to walk again! That was what doctors told Kieran Behan after they removed a cancerous tumor from his thigh at the age of just 10. While up to then, he had been fanatical about gymnastics and was indefatigable to become an Olympic Champion. But how could he do that when he couldn’t even walk and was confined to a wheelchair? And now he is considered to be a glorious example of the Olympic spirit. Oprah Winfrey, America’s first lady of talk shows, one of the wealthiest women and the highest-paid entertainer in the world; had a devastating childhood. But she rose from rags to riches; risen from poverty to the top of the world. Bethany Hamilton, suffered from a terrible tragedy when a shark bit off her left arm, and now she is a successful one-armed surfer. Colonel Harland Sanders, a man who started his career at the age of 65 and failed repeatedly for ‘1009 times’ before providing the world with the finger-lickin’ good Kentucky Fried Chicken. Elvis Presley, Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Thomas Edison, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein….. when one gets to watch the endless parade of such successful people, he automatically starts to assume that they were all born under a lucky star; they have all had fame and fortune handed to them on a plate. They were born with a silver spoon, blessed with the right genes, born into the right families, and belonging to wealthy economic backgrounds. But, it is definitely not the reality. A great deal of the world’s most celebrated talents has had a helpless start in life. But by their willpower and motivation, they fought back and paved their own road; one that led them to success. These successful people made their failures into an achieved successes. As someone has said rightly:” The race is not given to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…. but to the one who endureth until the end”. It is thought that there is a thing called ‘fate’ that is able to control a person and that person has no ability to change it. But it has been proven time and time again that the human mind can overcome any obstacle. An asset to the mind is a person’s will. With the combination of a person’s mind and their will to decide their own destiny, this thing called fate can be overcome. People believe that everything is predestined and is controlled by a Higher Power. If that were true then why would this Being of Higher Power waste His time on something that He has already planned out? When He already knows how it is going to turn out then why even blow centuries of time watching this boring play? I don’t know about you but if someone tells me the ending of a movie then why waste time watching for something that you already know is going to happen. It is indeed the truth that there is definitely a Supreme Power that puts fate into play and has everything in His control but would not the Being of Supremacy want a little drama or a little break from the norm. I personally think that He gave us a thing called ‘free will’; the aptitude to put into play our own rhythm of progression. If I was the director and I didn’t have to worry about time and money. I would have loved to see how my movie turned out to be; if I wrote the beginning and let the actors decide the ending. While keeping in mind that I have got the reserved potential to change anything at any time that did not please me; as it was supposed to be my play. I am not at all questioning whether fate exists or not, but I believe that it is possible for us to decide our own fate. The Creator started off something, and He has a plan for the finish too. But He leaves the middle part up to us. In my opinion, all the events that have to occur in our lives are preordained but how they take place solely depends on us and according to it, we will be judged in the afterlife. Our fate is not in our palms, but it is in our hands. To invent the future requires hard work, diligence, motivation, and inspiration. A prediction is just a forecast based on assumptions and experiences. Just try to change the assumptions and the outcome would ultimately change. Quaid-e-Azam was a leader of minorities. Predictions said that he would be unsuccessful in his mission of carving a brighter future for the Muslims who were very few in number. But with his diligence; he invented their future. The renowned writer and teacher Helen Keller was blind and deaf. Assumptions predicted that she would drag life dependent on others but she herself became the eyes and ears of the blind and deaf. It is a very big question why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while others far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievements is not talent but passionate persistence. The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare, as the boat never goes far from the shore. One needs to develop success from his failures as the future is not laid on a track, it is something that we can decide and nothing can stop us from inventing our future. As successful people do not hope and wish and wait; they decide, commit, and act. They predict their future by inventing it, as the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

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