You see, being a dilettante won’t take you far in your endeavor, but the reality is that you must start from somewhere. Of course, as an amateur. No one is born a professional, but that doesn’t mean one should be stuck in an “amateur-land.” There’s a difference between vocation and avocation. And do you know who understands this better? This guy, Muhammed Tosin Abdullahi, understands it and lives the life of a pro. I’m always in awe how he runs his blog and how he responds to his email even though you approach him informally like I always do. 🙂
Before someone asks me in the comments, “what’s the difference between vocation and avocation?” Let me boil it down here: vocation is more of a calling, passion turned into fortune (income) while taking it as a profession and avocation is a hobby that you might quit if criticized once.
You see the difference? If not, let me cite Steven Pressfield’s take on this in his book The War of Art: “The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps. To the amateur, the game is his avocation. To the pro it’s his vocation. The amateur plays part-time, the professional full-time. The amateur is a weekend warrior. The professional is there seven days a week …The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time.”
Which one are you? A professional or an amateur? If you’re the former, congrats and keep it up, but if you’re the latter, all hope is not lost. You can still become one by deciding now. Your task: Show up every day.
Every man wants the best for himself; man wants to be successful in everything that he does. Within the pursuit of success lies obstructions, struggles, challenges, and hardships which man wants to avoid, in fact; all man wants shortcut to success. As in many games today where the players struggle and face challenges that comes within because they want to win or defeat their opponents; they don’t care whichever way they win, either they cheat or exceed the limit of the law all because they want to be a winner. To them a loser is not strong enough or it’s humiliating to be a loser not knowing that for every game there must be a winner, and vice versa.
The struggles and challenges we face in every game also apply to our daily lives. We struggle here and there wanting to overcome challenges, and thinking why we would be losers if our friends could be successful and win always. All these challenges, struggles, hardships, and obstructions that come within our daily lives are the games which we want to win always. We are all in this game together; we are all pursuing something which in most cases we call it our dreams or a means of survival.
Many of us have done things that we thought we would never do in our life. Things we have accused others doing when we were still young, catered for, and never had any responsibility whatsoever. After reaching that age, seeing how difficult things are then we give ourselves excuses like –I need to survive and win this game of mine. It’s not surprising that many sportsmen were caught for doping after many triumphs in their career. The likes of Marion Jones, Tyson Gay, Lance Armstrong and the rest are examples to cite on. The question is: What initiated them to involve in this act? My answer is that none of them want to be a loser, they want to boost their ego and make big name on the screen and on the daily papers. They want to win always.
This is not a problem among the sportsmen alone, but also among common men like you and I. My teeny-weeny experience so far had let me to understand that living within the game is not an easy task. While living within the game, you will be tempted with many things – pressures from peer group and from the society we live in. Living within the game is all about survival and the pursuit of happiness wherever one can get it. It is part of our life and one should try to make a balance between it. Seeking for a balance is seeking God first, and if God is always on our mind fearing that He sees our deeds and actions then we won’t exceed the limit while living within the game.