Which walls do you bounce off?

People who follow any sport closely, will tell you - "it's all about momentum". Sometimes it just takes 5 minutes for a team to completely overturn the result of the game. You can just "feel" the momentum shift from one side to the other. Its only a matter of time before the other side gives in to the relentless pressure. But how does the momentum change? How does the initiative shift?

Parallels can be drawn in our work life too. There are days where we feel awakened, confident and everything turns out to be just perfect. Then there are days where we gasp for a breath of inspiration just to get through the next few hours. It is obvious we can't keep waiting to be hit by the next bolt of creative lightening to make our next move. Opportunities don't knock and wait at the door. 

Lets learn from the good old bouncy ball. It bounces for a long time because it loses very less energy with each bounce. It needs a boost of energy to start bouncing but what is remarkable is how it bounces off the walls and objects. It appears as if it gets rejuvenated by those walls, travelling in a new direction each time it bounces. 

We need to build walls that we can bounce off with new energy. I bounce off the websites I follow, off Netflix documentaries, off Classic Rock, off great Cinematography, off YouTube, off libraries, off old book shops... when I get bored with one I move to another without wasting too much time. More the number of walls, more are the chances of staying motivated. 

Which walls do you bounce off?

7 comments:

  1. I'd say my bouncy ball is myself. I keep bouncing when I feel let down. Because I believe in two quotes- "I think therefore I am" and "Jo bole so nihaal"

    What one thinks, speaks is what one is or can/will be.

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  2. Thats a good comment Mayur. I agree, that it all starts from the way we think. What external things inspire you? At times its just a song that keeps me going for days. Does that happen to you?

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  3. Bounce on and off is again a case of action - reaction, followed with chain reaction. More often than nought such events occur more due to internal stimuli than external one. Mayur's comment could be one such example.
    Why not be a blotting paper, absorb than bounce off

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  4. Some times people around me inspire me. When I'm down and travelling back home, I may come across someone who is equally tired but putting up a brave face and fighting it out (ex. the bus conductors). They inspire me. Their grit inspires me.

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  5. Thats true. When you see someone trying their best despite all the factors it is inspiring. Don't know why but I am reminded of Tendulkar diving desperately to save the boundary (recently in the Aus Q Final) towards the end of the game. I think that was a defining moment for the rest of the team. Do you remember that?

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  6. A movie watched alone is many a times a bouncing wall for me.. the concept of having many walls is a nice idea.. bt can these walls be created?....

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  7. Interesting Subhojit. In my case it has worked. I keep experimenting with new music, movies, books, food, theater, concerts... with so many things on the list.. I hit 1 or 2 moments of inspiration everyday. Thats all you need to keep the fire burning.

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