Solving a Rubik’s Cube is a perfect analogy for life. Sounds a little crazy, right? How could a puzzle cube have any kind of life lesson in it?
Let me tell you.
Everybody has a different path in life. Some people are born rich, some are born poor, and most are born somewhere in the middle. Some people go to college, some people drop out and start their own business, and some people don’t graduate high school. Regardless of your starting point and the path that you take, there is somebody who has been in a similar situation who has found success.
Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
J.K. Rowling was poor and was turned down by many different publishers before someone published Harry Potter.
There are many more similar stories; these are just some of the more famous ones.
Most people fail many times before they find success. The future is scary. Ask people in any situation and they’ll say the same, whether they’re a student or in a successful career or struggling to find a job.
However, anyone can find success. Whether you start a new business, go to school to get a degree that will lead to a better job, learn a new skill by teaching yourself, work your way up the ranks at your local McDonald’s, or some of the infinitely many other ways to better your situation, there is always a way to find success.
My brother, Sam, was attending school for computer science but was feeling like he wasn’t learning as much as his potential allowed. He went to Dev Boot Camp in San Francisco and learned more programming there in 10 weeks than he would have studying at a university for 4 years. He now does freelance programming and works from home every day in his pajamas.
One of my cousins wasn’t the best student during his time at college. He changed his major a few times until he finally settled on hotel management. After 5 grueling years, he graduated and realized that he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. After bouncing between jobs for a couple years, he started a restaurant. He now sells mac’n cheese and his restaurant has more than paid off his initial investment. He has also been asked to bring his food to theme parks in California.
My grandfather was very poor when my father was younger and was barely able to put food on the table, although his family didn’t know that. He was blind in one eye and nearly in the other. He also had severe narcolepsy that caused him to fall asleep randomly multiple times throughout the day. Despite that, he was determined to provide for his family without them knowing that he was out of work. He started a publishing company. It became very successful and he eventually had more money than he knew what to do with, although he never spent much of it.
You may be asking, what do these stories have to do with you? And more importantly, what do they have to do with a Rubik’s Cube?
(Now for the juicy part)
There are over 7.4 billion people in the world, which might seem like too many for everyone to be able to be successful. However, there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible configurations for a Rubik’s Cube. It has been proven by supercomputer modeling of each configuration that each and every one of them can be solved in 20 moves or less.
The Rubik’s Cube can always be solved, sometimes it just takes a bit of hard work.
It’s the same for real life; you can always figure it out. Some people have it easier than others, but it’s always possible.
To the people who have already figured out how to solve their cube, Congratulations!
But to all the people who have yet to solve theirs, just take a deep breath.
It’ll be okay.
You just haven’t figured it out yet.
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