Faith It Till You Make It
Young Raj has grown up hearing one main advice from his poor-experienced-farmer-father – “You should aim to get your own land. Work hard on it and make an honest living for your family”. From a very young age, Raj started to save up as much money as he could so that one day he could buy his own land for farming. He took odd jobs, worked extra hours most days and saved as much as possible. In his spare time, which wasn’t much, he studied how to become a good farmer. He was driven and motivated to become a successful farmer when he grows up. He worked very hard on acquiring the skills that he would need in order to make his dream come true one day.
Many years passed and finally, one day, he had enough money to buy the land he wanted. He was excited. The future was looking promising. All his hard work over the years have made it possible for him to buy this land. He couldn’t wait to start work on his new land. For many years, after buying the land, Raj worked hard and honestly, just as his father advised, to set himself up as a farmer. And he did quite well.
One day he was digging a pond on his land to solve irrigation problem. He wanted to capture as much rain water as possible. Suddenly something black and viscous came out of the land. He had no idea what it was. But it was too late to stop it. Soon his whole pond was filled with the thick black liquid. He got worried. He contacted the locals but nobody has seen that thing before. Nobody could tell him what it was and how to stop it. As the word spread about a strange black liquid, people from far and beyond rushed to his farm to see it. Finally, someone among those people told Raj that this is oil. His land has oil under it. That discovery made Raj a millionaire.
Now the question is – Did Raj became a millionaire –
- When he sold the oil OR
- When he found out that the black stuff is valuable oil OR
- When he first saw the black stuff OR
- When he bought the land OR
- When he worked towards buying the land OR
- When he believed in his father’s advice to buy a land OR
- When his father had faith in him to give that advice that although they are poor today but one day my son can buy his own land
When did he really became a millionaire?
In many ways, we are all like Raj. Our mind is like that land that has many hidden treasures but we wait for proof and validation. We wait for someone else to tell us that we have potential. We don’t believe in ourselves because we have learned to think “logically and practically”. We believe in something once we have proof because that’s what a logical person would do. Somehow, our complex education system has overlooked teaching us about Faith. Faith, which is beyond logic. Faith, which is beyond evidence and proof. Faith, which is the only key to guide us in an unknown and unchartered territory. It was faith not proof that led Einstein to discover relativity. It was faith not proof that led Columbus discover new lands.
Have Faith that you have unlimited potential. Just because you don’t have proof of that yet, does it make it any less valuable? Don’t Fake it till you make it. Faith it till you make it.
In my latest book BE. DO. HAVE. The Complete Guide to Create a Viable and Sustainable Business from Scratch, I cover several practical techniques related to Self Development.