In 1847, Thomas Alva Edison was born. He developed hearing problems from childhood. This hearing loss caused him some difficulty in school. In addition, he reportedly lost more of his hearing, becoming technically deaf, in his early teens.
Edison went on to develop many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
Being ambitious can be overwhelming. You set big goals to achieve your big dreams and ambitions. These big dreams and ambitions usually require big things to support them: lots of money; lots of connections; lots of time; and other resources.
You probably do not have any of these resources so you get overwhelmed. You decide to wait until you have these things or you give up completely.
We all have constraints in our life. The constraints do hold us back from achieving our goals and ambitions. However looking at constraints from a different perspective can make all the difference.
Thomas Edison could have sat back and given up on life because of his hearing problems. However, he did not let his hearing problems stop him from being one of the greatest inventors in human history. It was the deprivation of his senses and acceptance rather than resentment of that fact that allowed him to develop different, but acutely powerful, senses to adjust to his reality.
It does not always feel that way but constraints in life are a good thing, especially if you can accept them and let them direct you. They push you to places and to develop skills that you would otherwise never have pursued.
But constraints are not the enemy. Every artist has a limited set of tools to work with. Every athlete has a limited set of skills to train with. Every entrepreneur has a limited amount of resources to build with. Once you know your constraints, you can start figuring out how to work with them. – James Clear
Futsal is a game played by a lot of kids in Brazil. It is very similar to soccer but is played in a much smaller area, with a smaller ball and fewer players (four or five) per side than the typical eleven players. The game is played in a tighter environment and each player touches the ball more often than in regular soccer.
The constraints created by the rules of a futsal game have a useful side-effect. Futsal players develop creative ball handling and technical skills. These skills become useful when used in regular soccer games. The creative football skills developed via futsal have allowed Brazil to shine and dominate the world soccer stage for many years.
Constraints In Your Life
Just Start. You may be overwhelmed by the number of resources you need to achieve your goals and ambitions, but the secret is to just start. When you start, you take a step closer to achieving your goals and ambitions. You are better off than someone who has not started. Don’t let yourself get into a state of paralysis because you are overwhelmed. Just start and keep moving forward.
Talk To People. The power of a network comes from sharing ideas and helping each other out. When you have something big to tackle or something you do not know how to start, you should ask other people. Ask your friends and family what they think. Ask on online forums or communities. You will be surprised how much help and how many ideas you can get from other people. Never underestimate the power of asking.
Start Small. This is very related to the first point on just starting. You want to start small and grow from there. You often want to go from zero to a million overnight. Most big things start out small. Then daily action takes you from zero to a million over time. Small progress is still progress. Small progress builds the momentum you will require when you are getting big.
Have A Long-Term Mindset. Don’t give up. Great things take time. Have a long-term perspective for your goals and ambitions. With a long-term mindset you will not easily give up when things go wrong as they sometimes will. You will also be able to set realistic goals for yourself in the short-term.
There are self-defined constraints – like with futsal players – and life-defined constraints – as was the case with Thomas Edison. What we now know is that constraints can be a good thing in life. Self-discipline could be described the art of effectively designing our own constraints for our lives, and then abiding by them. Don’t sit around waiting for the world to change to meet your dreams. Start today!
Let limitations guide you to creative solutions There’s never enough to go around. Not enough time. Not enough money. Not enough people. That’s a good thing. Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.