I saw a saying somewhere before which says: “Some people make things happen. Some people watch things happen. And then there are those who wonder, ‘What the hell just happened?”

I admire those who dream but that on its own will not bring us benefit if we got stuck on dreaming without lifting a finger. People are so used to this “instant coffee” life where they have this false belief that life would be so easy without hard work, as if life has obligation to understand their weaknesses and alibis. For this reason, I salute those who have deformities and disabilities but managed to rise above their physical limitations and achieve greatness.

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These people have conditioned their minds not to be controlled by what they are but became inspired of what they can.

In the past, the one mile was an impossible feat. Nobody has ever done it, until Robert Bannister broke the world record on May 6, 1954 in United Kingdom by running a mile within 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. But you know what fascinates me is that few days after, there are many others who ran and broke his record including some high school pupils! People began to understand that it was possible.

The game is set by life for fame. If it was easy and possible at the beginning, people could have done it easily. But you must try something impossible and must challenge the existing norms. It is a must now to defy the odds and prove the unbelievers wrong.

There were Wilbur and Orville who wrote to the United States War Department that they have invented a devise that can fly – they called it ‘airplane’. The US government rejected their ideas and told them that it is not possible. Wilbur and Orville went to seek another buyer somewhere in Europe and as soon as they would sign the agreement with a European buyer, the US Department called Wilbur and Orville later known as ‘The Wright Brothers’ to make a demonstration of their airplane. The rest is history. Now, going to a thousand miles is just a matter of hours, if not minutes! Disbelief is a killer.

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Don’t die with your talents, skills and gifts still with you. Discover who you truly are and what God made you. In Jeremiah 1:5 NET, God said: “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you.” You are created with a mission and it is your job to unleash your potentials. That is the reason why game is needed as it becomes your platform for you to know what your strengths and weaknesses are.

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If you don’t participate in the game of life, then you could just be a watcher of those who are in the game of life. One word of caution, being in the game is not a ‘walk in the park’. You will experience rejections, disbeliefs, backbiters, and can even cause death! Yes, because death is a part of trying something you have never done. Those who are in the game are ready to accept defeats and humiliation.

As a lawyer myself, I know how it feels like to do good in courts of law, but there are times that no matter how much I believe I will win a case, but there will be times that life will give a big blow, from an unexpected direction and you will not understand how it happened. But the good thing about this game of life is that it either make you or break you. Do you still have the stamina and energy to carry on, despite frustration?

If you want to achieve greatnesss, you must have this philosophy of “owning” your goal, alone. Yes, you may need others’ help and a touch of luck, but you must embrace that life is a fight of your own. A Latin proverb:

You will have to live your own life, because you will die your own death.

If you want fame, you need to be “in” the game. You cannot just watch and wait for things to happen. One day, you will realise that people who have achieved so much are not those people who made it all the time, but they understood the principle of being resilient and tenacious that separates them from those who quit without giving it another try. You never know how close you are in achieving your dreams. Get in the game!

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