Posted in Inspired By Anime

Ascendance of a Bookworm – What Does It Take To Succeed?

Disclaimer: Contains screen caps from episodes 1-14 so if you don’t want to be spoiled, I recommend watching the anime first.

Honestly, there are probably a lot more things people would want to talk about when it comes to this anime. However, I feel that while the main characters are two six-seven year old kids, it really portrays something akin to a recipe for success.

While I could talk about how it felt like Dr Stone but focused only on book creation or what kind of characters make up the cast, I thought it would be interesting to see the breakdown of what allowed this particular bookworm to ascend.

1. Set your priorities straight

Without a clear goal in mind, it would be impossible to devote yourself to passionately work on whatever task is at hand. It is important to have one big end goal as well as checkpoints to make sure that you are on the right track.

2. Knowledge
Of course, it is impossible to do anything without knowledge. That is a given. So before you do anything, research everything you need to that could be even slightly relevant to what you plan to do. If you come across some things that seem a little far-fetched but could still be relevant, you might also want to keep them in mind to look into them in the future.

3. Ability to act
Even after attaining sufficient knowledge, one cannot do anything if they are too afraid to go out and do what they need to do with their knowledge.

In other words, other than simply knowing, they need to be able to apply their knowledge for practical use. While this may take some time, one must persevere even if they have to do a lot of trial and error to bring their theories to reality.

4. Gaining the trust of competent and trustworthy individuals

As much as I hate to admit, gaining the trust of others often requires a good first impression that relies heavily on how you groom yourself and behave around others. Even as someone who is rather lazy when it comes to appearances as believe that comfort is above all else, it is undeniably true that we live in a society heavily reliant on appearance for first impressions. “If you can’t even take care of yourself, how do you expect us to rely on you?” is probably what most people would think if you fail to take care of your appearances. However, after getting past first impressions and proving yourself through your capabilities, perhaps you might be able to relax a little. (not that I would know for sure, I’m unemployed and waiting for Uni to start after all)

5. The ability to delegate jobs and safeguard your interests
If you are a leader, this is especially crucial as you need to make the most of those around you and delegate jobs to individuals based on their own strengths.

At the same time, you need to make sure that whatever deals you make reap maximum benefit without minimum risk. Businesses are not a charity after all. You should always aim to make as much money as you can, whenever you can.

6. Planning for the long-term
While it is important to think of how to get enough money for day-to-day expenses, it is also important to keep savings for when you really need them. It’s good to start saving from young in case of emergencies or perhaps starting your own businesses.

7. Determination to not compromise on the important things
While compromising might be important in many negotiations in work, it is also important to remain steadfast to your values and fight for what you believe you absolutely cannot do without.

That’s it! Well at least that’s all I got can remember off the top of my head.

Did I miss anything? Feel free to leave a comment below!

– K.A.L.T

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Posted in Inspired By Life, My Thoughts

Success: Mine or Yours


Many times it is emphasised that humans are inherently weak and all have our weaknesses. Thus, the importance of relying on and helping each other is widely accepted. However, some people end up using this as a means to depend excessively on another person. They use it as a reason to convince themselves that they are not wrong for relying on others to do their responsibilities or use it as an excuse to explain to others that he is too incapable to do it himself. While some people do this intentionally, some people are reluctantly carried to success in achieving their personal goals despite not doing much.

Those that never intended to be excessively reliant on others but ended up being carried to success feel no joy. In fact, the feelings that they feel most likely comprise of guilt, shame and incompetence. They cannot be satisfied with achieving good results as a result of others hard work and not their own.

If one has not worked hard to achieve it and simply depending on others, the “success” attained is not success. It is the same as taking the certificate of accomplishment from someone else and photocopying it.

How could it be a success if nothing was learned in the process of attaining it?

All it is, is a good result.

In the Cambridge dictionary, success is simply defined as good results that you hoped to attain. However, I feel that the definition provided does not suffice. I believe that one’s success is something that can only be obtained through hard work, perseverance and ultimately, your own effort. Unless your efforts played a crucial role in a group effort to achieve success, the success attained by means of the efforts of others alone is not something you could call your own.

The things we dream of and hope for are usually things that would bring us great benefit. That is why we dream of such things. Often times, they are things that are seemingly unattainable and impossible, which is what makes us want them so much. We want to attain them and feel the joy of success in obtaining something we had yearned for. Joy that cannot be felt from success brought about by the efforts of those around you. All you would gain is the end result and not the bountiful experience you would have had if you worked hard for it yourself. In the end, that would mean that you are missing out on the joy of reaping the rewards of your own hard work. As Arthur Ashe once said,

“Success is the journey, not the destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

The outcome can always change, if you achieved success as a result of the efforts of others, you may not be able to maintain it. You would not have enough experience and knowledge on how to maintain your status quo. This is evident as it is not your success, but the success of those around you who made it possible. The only way to achieve success in all you do is to constantly put in your effort, learn from every failure, and never stop advancing forward.

Make the effort and success will be yours.

– K.A.L.T

What are your opinions on success? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts? In the end, do you think the results or the process is more important? Leave all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂