If you put a pig on the 3658-metre-long Entebbe International Airport runway, would it fly? What if you put it on the longest runway in the world, the one at Qamdo Bamda Airport in China? Would it fly at the end of the 5,500 metres? However long the runway, a pig will never fly.
But for an Airbus 330, all you have to do is give it a long enough runway and it will take off easily. It just needs at least 3,000 metres. At 1,000 metres, you might have a problem getting it off the ground.
What about a pigeon? This bird will fly off from wherever it is without a moment’s notice. It won’t need any preparation. It won’t need a runway.
That’s how life is. Concerning anything that you can or can’t do, you are a pig, plane or pigeon. For example, I can never be Michael Jackson. In that regard, I am a pig. But when it comes to dancing like Michael Jackson, I am a plane. Give me a long enough runway in form of dance classes, and I’ll be dancing like my bones are made of rubber. When it comes to singing, boy can I sing! There, I am a pigeon. I don’t need your runway. I can sing at the drop of a hat. I can sing right from sleep. I can sing at anytime, anywhere.
You too also need to figure out where you are a pig, a plane or a pigeon. Don’t waste your time trying to fly as a pig.
Only put your energy and resources to fly as a plane if it is worth it. And whatever you do, don’t forget to fly as a pigeon. That’s the best way to live life. Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Are you trying to do something with your life? Are you trying to write a book, learn an instrument, learn how to code, or find your way around social media marketing? Always start with what you can do best. That will give you the energy to tackle the harder stuff which need a long runway. But stay away from the pigs. However long the runway, they will never fly.
Today, ask yourself, what are your pigs, planes and pigeons?