Sampson Gordon Berns was a Seventeen year old American as at 2014. Sadly, he died that same year because he had a disease called Progeria. The disease is not common and can only be found in about three hundred and fifty people only in the whole world. Yet, Sam was an happy kid! He shared his philosophy for a happy life at TEDx MidAtlantic. The quote he referenced as the last of his three points was that by the famous Walt Disney, “keep moving forward”. The loved orator, Dr Martin Luther king Jr, also said this:
If you can’t fly then run
If you can’t run then walk
If you can’t walk then crawl
But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
You would be wondering why there is so much emphasis on something that seems very easy to comprehend. Actually, it is not that easy. There are mountainous moments in life where it might seem you have achieved a major goal, but just before you know it, you are rolling down that height straight into a valley. What happens then? You can decide to remain in that spot by giving up on a way of escape. However, there is a better option of navigating your way through the seemingly hard time. JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD! Being intentional about your progress would help you become an excellent person at heart and in any circumstance.
There are valleys in academics, businesses, health, finances and so on. In the case of academics, what do you say to a student who has studied righteously all through the entire semester but still makes an E when the results are out? OR what do you say to an entrepreneur who lost his factory in a fire like Lego did? OR what do you say to a young girl who has her dreams but is lying helplessly in a bed fighting cancer? The most difficult one which most people find themselves in quite repeatedly is the Finances part. There is only a little to do without having any form of financial support. What can you do?
Let’s return to Dr King’s quote and watch the progression. If it were to be in an ascending order, the movements described would be crawl – walk – run – fly. Does this remind you of anything? Yes! This is quite similar to the way a child grows. As a startup, the early days of a business is usually the toughest. But there are days ahead when these times would be a story to share in a book, at events, etc.
You might be crawling right now but remember there is a time you would walk, run and fly. Whatever you do, never quit on a bad day, keep moving forward!
Author: Lawal Tomi
Tomi is a recent graduate of English at the University of Lagos. As a trainee at Ready Set Work 2018, she has a passion for promoting employability and entrepreneurship. She believes in investing in people.