Are you PIGHEADED enough?

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
― Maya Angelou

You might come into terms with this quote by the end of this write-up.

But how being pigheaded, being a stubborn is related to light or shining? Let us find out.

Aim. Goal. Objective. Destination. Ambition. All are more or less similar to each other. Aren’t they? What makes them so similar? A hustling rush of reaching there, or achieving them. Isn’t it?

In today’s date, we are surrounded by all kind of people, but mostly with the ones who dreams of being someone or like someone. Many want to reach the brand name of Bill Gates, many want to become an effective leader as Narendra Modi, many are dumbstruck by the innovative thinking of Mark Zuckerburg, many admire Lata Mangeshkar’s voice, many idolize late Michael Jackson’s dance steps, and many deify the power of words of Stephen King. I mean, you can see any kind of variety in this mushy ambitious surrounding. Almost everyone has an idea, if not a plan, of where he/she wants to reach at. Now the question is how to reach there? What would be the first step? Probably, inspiration.

Hope you got the idea. Didn’t you? Just ignore his last clause.

Yes, inspiration is what marks the start of any journey. If you didn’t ever feel like walking ahead, you would never walk. That feeling has to be there to initiate an exciting trek. It has to be a trek; you cannot expect to reach at such great heights through a smooth, balanced and uncomplicated road. Such road will lead you somewhere, but not where you are hoping for. Inspiration will make you strong enough to start, but that is not the end. One needs to stay inspired throughout the trek and after the trek too.

We gain inspiration through a lot of means, and mainly through others. We seek for motivational videos, speeches, articles, and people. Once we are done with listening or reading them, we feel an adrenaline rush within ourselves. We pump up, and feel we can achieve anything and everything around this world. Some stay motivated for days, while some for hours, and then they head back to the same sources of inspiration they headed to in the start. Here we have a problem. Yes, a problem of becoming a stoner, a stoner to these outside factors. When you rely upon them every time you feel low, you are losing an important part of yourself in the process.


Dedication, patience, constancy – all from within, then why not inspiration? It’s not bad to seek inspiration from others, but it’s not healthy to become habitual of seeking help from outside. If you have chosen a path to travel, don’t expect your loved ones to be beside you, all the time, after you started off your journey. It’s your path, not theirs. They have their own journey, own motives and own life.

Everyone is the main character of their OWN lives. You have to be of yours.

It is then when you will have to seek out help from within, from your own self, as nobody would be around. You will have to keep that flickering flame alive within you.

The sun shines not on us but in us.
― John Muir

Having said that, how to do that, how to keep ourselves inspired from within?

This will be decided by the genuineness of your aim, by the strength of your stubbornness to achieve it. Whosoever said stubbornness is unappealing has probably never had a goal in his sight. In fact, staying stubborn is the only requirement in many scenarios.

If you have never been serious, and from serious I mean dead-serious, about your aim, dim are your chances of achieving it, and so the question of staying inspired doesn’t even come into picture. Having a concrete motive in mind, you have already covered a considerable part of your journey. Rest will be covered by your hard-rock dedication. Mayhap you have to work, when others are partying; you presumably are stuck in your day’s to-do list, when others are enjoying a recent movie in theater. There are countless things around to lure you, turn your mediocre side on and zealous side off, that is when you have to resist those baits and buck up yourself the most. Most of the outside factors will do lesser good and more of harm to you. The only entity who will never betray you is your own self.

The stronger, the more resistant, and the more stubborn you will be, more are the chances that you will be a good inspiration and motivation for yourself.

The cycle of inspiring and staying inspired never ends because once you reach your destination, you become an inspiration for others, who in future might transform into an inspirational idol for others.

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42 thoughts on “Are you PIGHEADED enough?

  1. This is absolutely riveting. Resilience is crucial to getting ahead. The human spirit is very strong and the more we realise our inherent strength the less reliant we are on external sources. Well said. Summarily put, inspired people become an inspiration to others!

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  2. The first blog I visited in more than a month and the first post I read is something I could really do with now! Truly well written, Aditi and it did go far in making me more determined than ever to do well in my final year of my medical undergraduate course!
    Only yesterday,when I was participating in a medical quiz, I saw a fellow participant who was confined to a wheel chair, could barely move and yet there be was and did quite well to be honest, I haven’t seen a more determined person in the real world and it truly inspires that people who are less blessed and fortunate than us in so many ways are so determined on reaching the goals that we could have so easily excused them of giving up on!

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    1. This is something too good to hear, Aks. I am really touched and glad that mine was the place you crashed upon. And over that, it actually helped you, motivated you.☺️
      The boy you mentioned, such are the people who can be portrayed as the real examples of mountainous determination.
      All the best for your final year. Hope you make the best of it.😊

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  3. there is a quote from a Raj Kapoor’s movie that nothing is impossible for the human will………this always motivates me…..people ignore the importance of persistence…….while watching others succeed…….great post 🙂 🙂

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  4. So many people live within unhappy circumstances Aditi and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a person than a secure future. The very basic core of a someone’s living spirit is their passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

    PS- You amaze me with your creative ability. 🙂

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    1. Wow Neal. You gave a very different and important dimension to this write-up. Thanks for sharing such wonderful thoughts.😃
      PS- Readers like you motivates me to spill out my creative fountain and enrich it more with every post. So thank you so much.😊

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      1. Hey Olive!
        I am not sure if you said this to Neal or me.😁 If it was for me then I can’t recollect if I ever came across his book. But as you have mentioned now (and if the comment was for me) I would go through it.☺️


        1. No, haha I was replying to Neal. Into the Wild is a very good book, I recommend it highly. I had to read the book for school. I wrote an essay and posted it on my blog if you would like to read that. (:

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  5. Dude but your posts are a constant inspiration to me❤ you know I had no idea how this post would unfold and then you made good out of being stubborn by correlating it to one’s goals. Super task there yo! Completely agree with the post. You need to be your own light in order to keep that fir flickering, so true❤

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    1. That’s huge girl. Thank you so much.😘😘
      In fact, an idea hit my mind just now. You write an article or note for yourself, and whenever you feel down and need an uplifting force, read your note to yourself. It will surely help.😃

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  6. OMG one of the nest post I have read so far. So said it so vividly and I complete agree with you. Inspiration from someone else can help us only to start our journey but the strength to keep going on must be developed with in us.

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