The sharpness of a knife determines how deep it can cut. If it is dull, it won’t cut deep; if it is sharp, it produces depth. Knowledge, skills, and decision-making processes determine the level of success. Their sharpness or dullness determines the depth of success. For knowledge to stand out, it must be sharpened regularly. Skills are sharpened by repetition; the more you do a job, the more you know how to do it. Excellence in skill is achieved by continually following the procedure of work, until you’re able to unconsciously perform the task with ease. Decision-making is sharpened by strategic and tactical thinking. To achieve success in your pursuit, sharpen your cutting edge. Sharpness determines your depth!
Anything that will take you far is not found on the surfaces of life. The surface is where everyone occupies; it does not possess anything that will distinguish a man. The distinguishing factors of life are hidden in the depth. The best of life are hidden in secrets. To get the treasures of life, you must go far, and dig deep.
The information that will take you to a place of admiration is not found in the refuse dump. Some people scratch the surfaces of life and expect to find diamond. If you want diamond, you must work hard, dig hard, and dig deep. This hard work is not hard labour; they are different from each other. Hard work, digging hard, and digging deep must be done on the ground of your purpose. Work on your gift; work on your talent; work on your calling. The essence of life is in the depth. The treasures of life are in-depth. Dig till you get there.
To cut and dig deep, you must have a thinking head and visionary eyes. A thinking head is a wise head. A focused eye is a visionary eye. Most purposeful decisions are not made without thorough thoughts. Most enduring actions are not taken without seeing through. Have you thought about it? Have you looked into it? Are you thinking or seeing clearly before making that decision?
To minimise errors, think through. To beat down the mistakes, see through. You may not be perfect in thinking strategically; everyone gets it wrong sometimes. You may not have the best eyesight as you envision the impact of your decisions. But, those who think and see through before going and sieving through end up with the best outcomes. Think through; go through. See through; sieve through.
Walking on a plane requires less energy. Walking towards a hill requires more energy. Walking on a plane may change your position, but it does not take you higher. Any repositioning that demands less energy from you, gives you little promotion. The one that demands huge sacrifice from you is more rewarding. If it is horizontal, it is easier to achieve; if it is vertical, it becomes more challenging. Don’t just gain grounds; gain heights and depths. Gaining heights and depths put you up and deep. Gaining heights and depths take you to the mountain top and to regions where there are treasures. If you keep running on a plane, you can’t go higher or deeper, no matter how much you accelerate. Move up and go deep; dare the impossible. If you don’t dare, you can’t get. There are lots of spaces up there; climb up. There are lots of treasures down there; go deep. The competition up there is far lower than that at ordinary positions; climb up; go up. The competition in the depth is less than the one at the base of the pyramid because not everyone can get there. If you keep climbing, you will reach it. If you keep digging, you will get there.
As you strive to reach it, you will face criticisms. Some criticisms are constructive; many are destructive. But remember that criticism examines, elucidates, evaluates, and assesses something or someone. Criticism is the act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything. It may be sometimes severe but it has its advantage. No one likes to be criticised, but without it, we cannot become our bests. If your product or service is left un-criticised, your customers or clients will evaporate bit by bit until they’re finally gone. No matter what you do, be open to criticisms. Information becomes sharper when tested on the field of constructive criticism. Sometimes, some criticisms may be damaging, but there are always lessons to learn from them. Don’t be negative to criticisms; it may hurt but if you see the positive part of it, you will take advantage of the merits. The essence of criticisms is to make corrections. The opinions of people can help you tighten the loosed ends of your visions, dreams, talent, gift, product, or services.
Cutting deep requires your total attention. To give one hundred percent attention, you must give the whole of your brain to what you do. No brain enjoys being bothered by knowledge and information. The brain always likes to take it easy, until it becomes dizzy. Whatever you take too easy, when it should be immediately addressed becomes a temporary reprieve for a problem that will resurface unexpectedly in the future. If you don’t make your brain realise the relevance of fixing it now, it will rebel when you put it to work. Your brain protests when you put it to test. If you insist, it pretends until you make it realise it’s for the best. To develop yourself, put your brain to work. To improve beyond your current level, put your brain to work. A lazy head is a backward head.