Stephen Hawking : The Wheelchair Dude
Stephen Hawking – the name evokes so many emotions, an emotion of respect, veneration, amazement, pride, passion, dedication, will, determination, perseverance and so much more. The name stands for one of most brilliant scientists the world has ever seen and one of the most inspirational persona we write about. One of the tele series – The big bang theory calls him “The Wheelchair dude”. But hey he sure is one cool dude which most of us would aspire to match or even follow the footsteps of. Here are 9 amazing handpicked quotes to drive you into a fresh new perspective of life :
Stephen Hawking : 9 Quotes To Perfection
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
The first thing I can think of are the rationalists or the fatalists who keep saying that everything is written and everything happens according to our fate. If that was the case, I really wonder what our fate is?
Left to fate alone, there would be no Stephen Hawkings in the world, there would be nothing called the indomitable human will and there would be no such thing called strength of character.
If everything was so predestined, then why the struggle, why the constant push to do things and prove to ourselves what we are worth, why the concept of society?
If it was all fate, then why the effort at all?
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent ones are full of doubts and the stupid ones are full of confidence”
What good is knowledge if it is built up with ignorance, a closed mind and the inability to accept another point of view.
Throughout our lives, I am sure we will be proved wrong in plenty of things. Sometimes, we stick to our own theories just cos of intellectual ego and some other times just the sheer ego.
But maybe at a certain point we need to realize that there is great power in truth and learning. Sometimes all we need is that ego shattering, to remove the cloud around our head which keeps telling us that we are the best at everything.
Sometimes we need to know that we really suck at a few things and it is really ok. There is no point in just trying to gratify our egos right?
We are good at some things and we shall try to be the best at that. We are bad at a few things, let us just accept that and try to find an alternate solution. Why bother denying that? – The 6 confusing quests to solve your problems
People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
He had every reason to complain, he could have complained about how unfair the world was – it was true wasn’t it?
He could have been angry that he could not do the basic things which most people could do at ease.
He could have said that life was really hard and it would be true.
This was a man, one of the most gifted minds of this century, one of the most brilliant men we can ever see or hear of and yet there were a thousand reasons he could complain about.
But that is something which we all can do can’t we? I wouldn’t like to be with someone who keeps complaining a lot. I would rather look at the beauty of life and feel happy about.
I would rather be with someone who uplifts my spirit instead of keep complaining as to what is wrong with the world.
If we set out to do it, I am sure there are a lot of things to complain about, but there are more reasons to feel happy about. The trick is to stay above the smaller things in life and look at the bigger picture, a picture of beauty, happiness and hope and here are 6 hopes for your troubles
When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.
Let me ask you the other question – What do you have in life? What do you have which at one point was just a dream?
I think we are so conditioned for a perfect world that we sometimes keep forgetting to feel thankful for what we have.
Once John Templeton was asked the secret to richness and the answer was – GRATITUDE
Think about it, how do you define richness? Is it money, big cars, bungalows, VIP passes? What is it that makes you feel rich?
I am pretty sure every one of us would have a want we would like to fulfill, something that would make us feel more complete – for some it is love, friendship, for some it is career, money; for some it is achievement, recognition; for some it is two square meals a day.
But we cannot live a rich life without really knowing what we have.
The way we see it – richness is a choice. We can sit and whine about what we don’t have and feel sad about it. Or we can look at what we have and find ways to fulfill what we don’t.
Life is also not just about saying that everything is great when it is not – it is about making that effort to find solutions and lead ourselves to greatness.
And sometimes all we need to do is like Stephen Hawking says – just try and appreciate what we have every once in a while – Thankfulness: 7 reasons for fulfilment
I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity… Perhaps one day I will go into space.
As Anthony Robbins says – The only thing that is stopping you from what you really want is life is the story why you can’t have it.
So maybe it is time to stop bullshitting ourselves and look at life in a slightly different way. We all have our own limitations.
Sure we would love it if they were not there. It would have been so simple and easy. But let us ask you this – when was the last time you felt thoroughly fulfilled or satisfied doing something so easy?
The limitations are here for a reason, they are the road blocks – they are here to test how badly we want something in life. They are here to make us understand that we are stronger than our limitations.
If it was left to these reasons, nothing would ever be achieved in life.
What matters to you the most? – The reasons? Or The results?
It is all right to make mistakes; nothing is perfect because with perfection, we would not exist.
Imagine this – everything working your way, there are no challenges, nothing to make you think or wonder, nothing to threaten you and nothing you fear at all. And there is a word for that and I am kinda hinting that you are thinking – UTOPIA, absolute perfection.
But I guess that might be the most boring day or maybe you haven’t challenged yourself enough. If we are right each time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we are smart, it can also mean that we have very small challenges.
I do agree that we all like a certain amount of certainty, but if there is no driving force of uncertainty, what is the point right? You just miss out on the real life altogether. I am sure none us want a text book life – we are here in this real world to face real challenges and to show how great we really can become, not succumb to a few failures and mistakes. We gotta be that uncertain and here are 10 ways to handle uncertainty in life
And the one way to handle uncertainty is be ok with making mistakes. Get over that insane assumption that you can never be wrong. There is a 50-50 chance of us being wrong each time, take it, risk it, make mistakes and above all make them right, live life. There is no point in average perfection, you deserve life of an outstanding quality, make it one.
Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.
But by this point, we do know that we are talking about the mind and we do realize how powerful it can be. We perhaps need not recall hawking every quote we hear. It is the mind that maketh a mountain of a mole and vice versa.
As Buddha pointed out, it is all the mind which makes and breaks a man. We can’t emphasize enough as to how important this can be. But we do know that we are bound by the limits in the external world, it is sometimes under the control of someone else.
But what about our mind? Is that also under the control of someone else?
Who decides what goes on in there? Is it free enough to wander and discover the true purpose? Are you setting it free enough?
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.
Aren’t we bored of that same old cliched response? Aren’t we bored of thinking of the worst each time something goes wrong?
Why do we need to keep thinking how and why things go wrong? I am not suggesting that you or I should be an optimist. I am not even suggesting pessimism. I am only suggesting that it is our life and how we respond is our choice.
We can look up and try to find a solution or look down and feel bad about an outcome.
But that is not going to make a big difference. If you or I feel bad – you or I feel bad, that is the end of it. It is not going to solve any of our troubles. We have to take the step, we have to make the move.
Every problem left alone makes a mess out of itself. Maybe it is time that we stop letting a failure take its own course and instead direct it the way we want to.
Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
Stop being that serious in life – it is not going to lead you anywhere. You can either smile at your challenges and find ways to solve them or feel bad about them and keep cursing them.
Neither of them will solve the problem but the first one will make it easier and more enjoyable. We are here to live this life once and only once. Why not make the best out of it?
We can be serious all the while and find some amazing solutions, but if you look back on your memory lane, what do you remember? All these moments of frown or those moments of cheer?
Life is not about the number of breaths we take but the moments which take our breath away. I feel kinda corny ending it with a cliche, but I sure can say one thing – these men have seen and felt a lot before they came out with such wonderful quotes. And these quotes have a meaning, a purpose and a result.
They can create a hell lot of difference, if we let them. The question is – Are we evolved enough to let them?
And if the answer is no, then maybe it is time :).
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