If You Focus On What You Left Behind You Will Never Be Able To Look Ahead – Ratatouille Quote

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Quote Of The Day:

” If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. Now go up and look around”
– Gusteau, Ratatouille

I love the way these animation movies use a powerful mode of motivation. One such movie which always makes me smile is Ratatouille.

Looking to understand this quote, what it means and how it can be used in our lives –

I do agree that it is very hard to take a decision to move ahead in life, especially when you are moving out of your comfort zone into the unknown. One of our posts talked about 10 creative ways to handle uncertainty in life, we do realize that a few such posts alone are not enough. When we are doing something anew, we need consistent motivation and consistent focus on what we want out of life.

Naturally when we are set out to take a decision, there are two things that come to mind

– What you gain out of it

– What you are going to lose because of it.

These two are the most logical and certainly the most important questions one can ask while taking a decision. There are of course these 7 silly stages to Decision making which most of us go through.

There is something interesting about this though. Each time we are set to take a decision, the latter seems to play a stronger role for the majority of us. The first thing that comes to mind is – what if I lose what I have right now? 

“I had read somewhere that a bird in hand is better than two in the bush. But what if the bird in the bush is the one I really really want and I don’t really care about the one in hand? Does it make sense to tread carefully and take a cautious decision or should I go ahead and take and adventurous one? ” Isn’t this a question which bugs or has bugged most of us at a certain stage of our lives? I know I have and I kinda feel that I keep reaching it quite constantly.

It is hard to let go of something with a hope for the future. Although we are very optimistic and confident and no matter how much we tell ourselves that there is no fear, there certainly is a hitch which keeps us on check while taking a decision. That is actually quite a nice thing, it makes us question how badly we want something and how long we are willing to go to make that happen. It sure is a nice thing. But we need to keep asking that question to ourselves.

Every decision finally boils down to the simple economics – the profit loss equation. Sometimes profits become less quantifiable cos emotions are at play. Our suggestion, well chuck the economoics, you got to heed to your emotions sometimes, you got to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the world the way it is. You got to push yourself to the limits to know that you can overcome them. You may not find the most economically sensible solution out of it, but what you gain for yourself is much more than the economics can evaluate. So, just get up, look around – there are a lot of things that can be done in the world and optimism is not just a word, it is a way of life.

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2 thoughts on “If You Focus On What You Left Behind You Will Never Be Able To Look Ahead – Ratatouille Quote

  1. Vinay you are absolutely right, keeping the bird which does not matter for the birds for which you have always dream does not make sense. At first it would really painful for leaving the bird at hand, but as time passes and you are reaching near to your dream bird you will really forget the bird which was in your hand and will praise yourself for the decision…

    Thanks for explaining it in so simple words….

    1. Thank you Mayuresh. I am really happy to know that you enjoyed this post. He he, I guess I was just trying to convey the picture. People used to call me the drama queen with words 😀 .. Finally I am able to put it into good use I guess 😀 🙂

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