Almost nothing grows in the desert, even with water. Unless you are like a camel or a cactus, built for the barren plains, you must find a patch of fertile soil to survive and thrive. Nonetheless, the desert dwelling camel or cactus will never proliferate and grow with the same ease and to the same magnitude as a creature that thrives in a place that is nutrient-rich.
You can always imagine and create what you haven’t been taught, or what might be. If school doesn’t enable you to think outside the confines of the previous body of knowledge, then are you any different to a programmed robot?
As Bruce Lee said: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, and add what is uniquely your own.”
Watching Ross Kemp on Gangs and some very eloquent, hardcore South African gangsters. The most successful ones appear as crafty and strategically innovative as anyone would be in achieving success in any other line of work.
It was also interesting to see how boxing is used to keep children away from gang life. Martial arts to me is spiritual, a way to channel our natural aggression in a positive manner into disciplined and focused activity. It facilitates both mental focus and physical mastery.
We can become great at anything we put our time and dedication into… especially if we start early in life. The earlier we start, the more experience and progression we can achieve.