I think success is the product of work. Not hard work, necessarily. Just work. The rest is about two very important things: potential and opportunity.
I see potential all the time. Academic environments do that. There’s a continuous expansion of human capital. Amazing. For some reason, I think I forgot about my own potential. The past two years of my life have been incredible—filled with many changes, experiences, and people. I’ve grown, improved, specialized, and built up a lot of potential. Sometimes it just hits me—“Wow! I did that!” or “I can do this now!” The younger me would look at that and tell me, “That’s great. So what?”
No one wants to hear about brilliance. They want to see it.
I tweeted that a little over a year ago. I used to think Twitter was really silly. Why would you use it? A 140-character message would be useless! Well, things changed. Sometimes, 140 characters are enough to serve as a gateway to previous emotions or states of mind. That quote takes me back to what I thought about a year ago. I see the mindset that I had back then. It’s interesting.
The point is, you can have all the potential in the world but it won’t make a difference until you utilize it. It’s time for me to show “brilliance.” It’s time for me to execute.
I’m in a fantastic position right now. I have an amazing job working for Isomerous with amazing ideas on how to move forward. I have time. I have energy. I have potential. Now, I have an opportunity. Everything seems to fit. I’m not religious and I don’t believe in fate. I think the future is a result of what has happened in the past and what occurs in the present. I have no guarantees, but that’s more interesting anyway.
Tempus fugit. Time to start. Let’s see what happens!