I’m sure many of you remember growing up, going to school, coming home and doing homework. As a kid, I really dreaded doing history homework. To me it was just memorizing useless dates and names. Like ‘When was the Declaration of Independence signed?’ or ‘Who was the lady that made the first colonial flag during The Revolution?’. To me it seemed insignificant knowing theses dates and names… unless I was going to be answering a question from Alex Trebek on the gameshow JEOPARDY. I mean, come on. Is knowing a date or a name really that significant? They happened centuries ago, and I know I’m never going to meet them. But…
…If I had homework in science or chemistry, then I was into the homework. Maybe it was because I could see the successful results from my calculations. Seeing the significant results made science and chemistry enjoyable to me. On the contrary, learning names, dates and places in history was insignificant and lost on me, until…
… Until I saw a Steven Segal action movie.
In the movie ‘Under Siege 2’, Steven Segal plays the ‘good guy’ and someone else plays the ‘bad guy’. Nevertheless, the ‘bad guy’ quoted a significant historical phrase. (A phrase that stuck with me). While he was telling his minions about his evil plot, he quoted a famous scientist who stated: ’Chance favors the prepared mind’. Obviously the ‘bad guy’ mentioned the name of the famous scientist, but as I said earlier, remembering a person’s name in history was not my forte. But understanding the quote became very significant to me. What the quote means to me is: ‘If I learn from what others have done in the past, then I will have a better chance at success in the future.’ Success. I like the thought of that. Success is like getting an excited feeling from getting the results from my science and chemistry labs. (I know… it sounds Nerdy).
But how does History, Steven Segal, and a quote from scientist who died nearly two hundred years ago relate to me living on a tropical island paradise. And why is it significant?
… Keep reading.
When I decided I was going to live out my life long dream to move to the Philippines, I had 3 obstacles that were creating a problem:
How was I going to to make my dream turn into reality?
Some of you might be thinking, ‘History homework? Are you serious?’ Yes. Yes, I am. (I borrowed this quote from Phineas. ‘Phineas & Ferb’).
Here is what I mean.
The first thing that I needed in making the move, is something I already had. It’s courage. It takes courage to leave the security of the known, then move to the unknown. I had the courage for my dream.
The second thing I needed was a plan to take the leap. But I had no experience in planning a global leap to another country. Here were my immediate concerns:
This was my problem that I wanted to successfully solve so that I could fulfill my dream of living on a beautiful tropical island paradise. Then I recalled the historical quote from some general who had died centuries ago. ‘Chance favors the prepared mind’. This meant that in order to succeed, I needed to study what others had done in order to make their move successful. I needed to study their story. I needed to study history.
… And with focus and vigor, I studied the history of others. Why? Because learning what they did successfully (and what they did unsuccessfully) would be significant to me in fulfilling my island paradise dream.
So, what were the results to my history homework?
After analyzing my situation and doing my homework, I came up with a reasonable plan that allowed me to:
Was my history homework worth it? I think the you already know the answer… It’s Like Winning the Lottery!
Here’s what I want others to learn from my experience (my history):
Dream Big. Be Brave. Analyze the Situation. Take Appropriate Action. Be Honest to Yourself.
I wish you continued success & happiness while chasing your dreams and achieving your goals.
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