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Motivation Part I

Yesterday i read a quote by Bill Gates that goes something like this: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose“. Some time ago i saw a movie named A Good Year (Russel Crowe) and the movie said something like “You’ll come to see that a man learns nothing from winning. The act of losing, however, can elicit great wisdom. Not least of which is, uh… how much more enjoyable it is to win. It’s inevitable to lose now and again. The trick is not to make a habit of it.” and quite a few more on the same idea… and it got me thinking how it sucks to lose, how important power and success (or the image of) is to us and manly why can’t we all just be.
As a man of science, specifically computer science i find it quite hard to comprehend some behaviors, like faith for example, but nevertheless I try. Thinking real hard about why loosing sucks i came by the thought that it only sucks because when you lose you don’t get the bug, cof! cof! cof!, i mean, the big prize, and i came to understand that it’s a moment thing! I wonder how one stops “accepting the defeat” and become a “looser”… by that logic, winners are sour losers, but losers nevertheless… which leave us to the question: Are there winners?
Some argue that winners indeed are losers that didn’t accepted the defeat, worked hard on to something and become a winner… to that i always say “the dispute was not over when someone was declared a looser, and should be declared as under-advantage (os something like that) instead”, because once someone is declared winner of the race, he’s the winner and everyone else is a looser, therefore there is no general concept of winner, therefore everyone can be a winner, but not at the same time. Being cruel, the second place is the first user, cof! cof! cof! i mean, the first looser.
By now you must be thinking that there’s nothing motivational about this post. I don’t care about what you think. Motivation is not “Go for it! You can make it!”, that’s cheering! Motivation is something that drives you to do something. Motivator is the agent of motivation, like love, passion, hunger, fear, anger, etc… Some say that Fear is the most powerful motivator, idiots say that love is (if you really think about it, fear motivates a lot more than love.. like fear of losing someone you love… you don’t move a mountain because you love someone, you move it because you are afraid that if you don’t, that person will go away…). In my opinion the most effective motivator is hunger (hunger is like a bitchy woman who will bitch until you satisfy her). Fear, Love, Anger are powerful, but very unstable, a sunny/rainy day might ruin the whole motivation. But REVENGE… oh sweet revenge… is the most powerful! Very dangerous!
Think about it… success might push you forward… loosing might stop you… but revenge sweet revenge will certainly get you to completely plan and eventually destroy someone. Quite a dark ending…


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