The 3 Do’s

Just noting down a random thought I had today.

In life, we often hear about wanting to be not just good, but Great, with the capital G. It is not so much the enormity of what we are or what we do that makes us Great, but rather the pride in who we are and what we do that defines it, but I digress. The key point of this post are 3 Do’s that any person who wishes to be Great should aspire to. Without further ado, they are listed below:

  • 動機(どうき): pronounced dou-ki;  motive; incentive; motif.
  • 度胸(どきょう): pronounced do-kyou; courage; bravery; pluck; nerve; grit; guts.
  • 努力(どりょく): pronounced do-ryo-ku;  great effort; exertion; endeavour; endeavor; effort;

So together we pronounce it as Douki, Dokyou, Doryoku. Feel free to punch your fist in the air as you yell it at the top of your lungs.

動機, literally motive, is the impetus for any action, i.e. wish/desire, direction, raison d’etre. Without a wish to change something, things will remain as they are, something any physics student with an understanding of Newton’s First Law should understand intrinsically.

度胸 is all about guts and the grit to see something through to the very end. Nothing is more disheartening than an incomplete bit of work weighing upon your soul, and nothing more heartening than to see the fruit of your labors come to life in front of you. Remember the reward at the end, and somehow you will persevere.

努力 is plain and simple: Hard work. You want something done, go and do it. No matter how easy, no matter how tough. Even if it is just 1 step, so long it is in the right direction, it is a good step. Remember Nike: Just Do It.

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