New Years Resolutions


A light painting of the year 2016 written against a black background — Image by © Caspar Benson/fstop/Corbis


Goals make for interesting things to chase. On one hand, we often feel terrible when we don’t achieve them. However, this is a more common occurrence than achievement itself. Strangely, and it could just be me, when lofty and numerous goals are set, achievement seems much easier.

Failure is inevitable in those circumstances. When you set ten or so lofty goals, you will fail some of them. Hell, even some of the successes aren’t going to feel like successes. But you only truly realize this when you look back at the list of goals.


It’s been a couple weeks since this has been updated, however I wrote the two paragraphs a couple weeks ago. This let me ruminate on them for a while.

Once upon a time, a college professor of mine stated, “The brilliant tend to lack the conviction to lead, and those with conviction often lack the brilliance to lead.” Of course being that it was five or so years ago, the quote might be paraphrased. Also what he said this in reference to is a mystery.

It’s a quote that has stuck with me since he said it. Took me forever to truly know what he meant though. Or at least it took me forever to grasp a solid interpretation of what he meant.

Anyways, it seems that the brilliant though they are confident in their knowledge, aren’t confident enough to convince anyone of anything. For proof, see the last million year of scientific innovation. Those with conviction, though they usually lack knowledge, are able to persuade anyone about anything . For proof, see the last million years of scientific innovation.

It’s one thing to figure out which one you are. It’s another thing to overcome your weaknesses. Is this a case of the grass being greener on the other side?  Do those with conviction find that the brilliant have easier lives? Do the brilliant find that those with conviction have easier lives? Maybe, but it seems to me that those with conviction are more easily able to get the opportunities they want, then gain the knowledge later. If opportunity gives you the edge to learn more quickly no matter what, then what advantage do the brilliant truly have? Food for thought I suppose.