Quote Challenge- Day 1

I was nominated for 3 Day Quote Challenge more than a month ago. Thank you Gary for giving me a way to keep myself motivated to get back to my blog after being dormant for a while.

Rules of the Challenge:

  • Post 1-3 quotes for three days
  • Nominate three other wonderful bloggers to the challenge
  • Thank your nominator

The AlchemistΒ by Paulo Coelho is one of my all time favorites. This book never fails to raise my spirits after an unexpected failure or hopelessness. I planned on writing about few favorite lines from the book through the three day quote challenge.


Everybody has dreams and aspirations, but not everyone achieves them. What could make the difference? There might be ‘n’ number of factors that drive success/ failure, but the most important of them all lies within us. Our ‘psyche’ or the mind is the true culprit. As I keep citing at every opportunity possible about the greatness or the incompetency of the human mind, this is no different. This quote from the Alchemist refreshes on reminding us, that we may eventually become our own hindrance in our path to success.

The fear of failure is dangerous than the failure itself! When we have ambitions that appear or sound impossible, it is quite hard to progress towards achieving them with a doubtful, fearful mind. While the fear may be an outcome of evaluation of the risks involved, it can definitely make us lose the motivation to achieve. The ‘What-if’ phenomena never stops haunting us, if it is a dream involving lot of risks and liabilities. Plan B may not always be the solution, hence the fear of failure. But this fear impairs our true potential and holds us back from moving forward towards our goals.

Do your duty and never bother about the result.”- Bhagawad Gita

One way to handle the fear of failure, is to follow the above principle as cited in the Bhagawad Gita, a sacred text for the Hindus. To achieve a goal, the right amount of hard work needs to be invested without thinking about the results. Thus diminishing the fear of failing, as we work without being conscious of the outcome. If the result is positive or a success- Well! The determination and hard work paid off! But if it is on the contrary, there is something lacking in the amount of work needed. Trying again with the same or much higher amount of work, is definitely hard for most of us to do. This is where the difference comes. Success does not come in a day, nor does failure last forever. Working and struggling each and every time with the same and escalating amount of motivation, irrespective of the result drives way to success eventually.

I haven’t failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”- Thomas Edison

Thank goodness, this great man, never feared failure! Else, we would’ve been living ignorantly in the dark!

22 thoughts on “Quote Challenge- Day 1

  1. No need to thank my friend and after the A to Z I’m not surprised you needed a time out. This challenge should be a nice way to keep new motivation going. The Bhagawad Gita quote is very similar in principle to the mindfulness ethos. Live in the moment and not in the default mind where drifting can draw in catastrophising. I think Edison must have been an advocate of this too!

    Very well thought out and linked together. Nice to have you back too πŸ™ƒ

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    1. Thank you Gary! πŸ™‚ Yes, our mind can be our deadliest enemy, if not tamed. πŸ˜€ It needs nurture and living in the present is one of the most effective ways to avoid catastrophizing as you stated! Thanks again for the nomination, otherwise I would have had no motivation. πŸ˜€

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      1. The AtoZ challenge must have been exhausting for you. How about writing on life in a foreign land? Little snippets from your daily observations. Movie/TV/Book reviews are a great idea too, since they only require you to react on what you’ve already consumed. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ Have been giving priority to other life things and being busy. Also, lacked motivation or was suffering from writer’s block. :/ Trying to come back again and give WordPress a priority it needs! πŸ™‚

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      1. I had a slow data connection and hence the double comment. Apologies. 😦
        I was told this by my cousin (she’s a blogger herself) and I hope it helps you too – keep writing. As bloggers/writers, the important thing is to write regularly. Even if you don’t feel like it, even if you can’t connect the ideas cohesively, even if you’re stick with other things. Some posts will turn out amazing and some not so but that’s beyond the point. The important thing is to keep coming back to the screen and the keyboard. Fix a couple of hours per week for your writing and let out your confusion or block. Within a month, I think you’ll see the difference.

        Oh and there’s the Mundane Monday challenge if you wish to join it (remember Godhulibela?). Check the link on my blog. Even if you’re not a photography enthusiast, you’ll enjoy it.
        Your posts have a certain earnestness and clarity to them. It’d be sad if we have to lose them.
        Sorry for the lecture. πŸ˜›
        Awaiting your full-fledged return here. God bless and Happy Blogging. πŸ™‚

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      2. Haha, no problem at all!! I badly needed someone telling me this! You have no idea, how much your words motivate me. πŸ™‚ I completely agree, even though we are not sure of what to write, we need to keep writing. I myself can feel the difference. My mind was thinking so well during the AtoZ Challenge, now I’m nowhere close to it, lol. I wish I can come back on track of writing again. I will be posting regularly from now on. Thank you so much for your encouragement. This isn’t a lecture, but words of wisdom for blogging and writing πŸ˜€

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