Formidability is not infallibility.

“I look formidable.”
~ Vin Diesel

For all the greatness, strength and capability that we human beings possess, it is but a sliver of humanity’s potential realized in that glorious moment of time. Yet, like the ripening of fruits culminating in its prime sweetness , nothing lasts forever.

A wise Roman philosopher-king called Marcus Aurelius once said that time is a like river, with that moment in time passing and then just as easily swept away by a new passing moment, never to return again.

Its the same with anything in life. Hence, we must be down to earth to realize that we must appreciate what we do have while prolonging it as sustainable as possible.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall.”
~ Joe Walcott

On this topic, there are many aspects of formidability to view from.

One of which is the appearance of being formidable, in that nothing is as formidable as we perceive it to be as everything has a weakness.

Another aspect is that formidability is sometimes confused with invulnerability and infuses ourselves with confidence undeserving of our aptitude. Of those full of themselves, they create the beginning of their end in that overconfidence is but a slow and insidious killer, to those who understand the reference.

Oppositely, the perception of formidability is another weapon of the mind to conjure to dissuade rivals while presenting ourselves in a good light.

Regardless, formidability has its creativity uses in the hands of a master.

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Virtue of hardwork; opportunity or obstacle.

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”
~ Margaret Mead

At some point in our lives, we would murmur to ourselves how unfair life is.

I digress. Life is fair in its unfairness in that people always have the freedom and opportunity to pursue what they want to and to rise above their situations to be better. By remembering we always have the freedom to choose our attitude and actions in life, we can forge our destiny and give meaning to it, as Viktor E. Frankl once mentioned. While the uncertainty of achieving success is constant, the possibility that dreams can come through will ultimately spur is on to success and ongoing effort.

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.”
~ Ann Landers

Someone or some article once said that success is like a brick wall. The brick wall symbolizes obstacles and challenges. Besides, the brick wall was there to determine who was worthy of success by the mere fact of who was more willing to exert effort to scale that brick wall.

That brick wall separates people who achieve their dreams and those who put them off till its too late while being subjected in creating the dreams of others. That brick wall is a measure of character, integrity and determination of an individual in how worthy they are to receive greatness and success. That brick wall is ultimately a reflection of an individual’s ability to be utterly honest and modest with their own will and situation in life.

“The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.”
~ Joshua Waitzkin

The reality of life informs us that talent is cheap, while hard work is invaluably priceless. Talent is merely the seed of greatness while hard work manifests that greatness.

Too often, we believe that success is dependent on one’s predetermined fate as most people would believe. More often than not, that success is determined on one’s ability to realize that humanity has something special, the ability to imagine and realize realities that haven’t yet existed. That special something is perhaps the commonality that the good and great of humanity have realized consciously or unconsciously.

Yet, imagination and talent alone is pointless. Hence, the value of hard work then becomes evident. There is no silver bullet to success (though there are roads and vehicles that bring close the distance between where we are and where we want to be).

“Dreams don’t work unless you do”
~ John C. Maxwell

In the end, hard work is as it is. Yet, should any of us be stalwart in harnessing it, the stuff of legends and history would be made manifest and becomes us.