Tag: writing

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 4 – Overcoming significant hurdles

Modern Ekalavya Learning Technique 4 – Overcoming significant hurdles

A journey without hurdles is not a journey you should not wish you had. Ekalavya had faced many obstacles during his practice. Most of them involved with fighting himself.

One year back I set a Goal to write a blog every week. The most significant hurdle I faced was my grammar and the number of words in my dictionary. I think I had probably under 500 words when I started. Both of them seemed enormous in my mind. Without wasting time, I started learning grammar. I installed an app and began building my dictionary.

Facing Hurdles is a sign of progress. If you don’t have any, success may be delusional.

Perfecting grammar is a long process. I still wanted to write and not wait till I learned proper grammar. I bought a subscription of Grammarly which is an app which corrects my grammar as I write. Before I purchased the subscription, I ensured I built the habit of writing four days a week. It was sufficient to help me publish one blog every week.

If you look at the first blog, I wrote and compared with it my recent ones. You will observe a stark difference. It is effortless to give up when the work you produce it ugly. All I had to do was to set my habit and then remove my most significant hurdles.

Am I satisfied with my work?

No, not yet!

Have I improved?

I might have improved 1%. I still have a long way to go. Today I am enjoying the process rather than worrying about reaching the end goal.

What hurdles have you faced and how did you overcome them?

[17/52] Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

[17/52] Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway was only a Grammar App for me till I read his book Old Man and the Sea.

When I started reading the first few pages, I found the description to be very vivid, as if it was happening to me. I could feel the disappointment, the hunger and the motivation of the Old Man to catch a fish the following day.

I had never imagined a fight with the Sea or a Fish. Hemingway described the fight as if someone was playing a first person X-Box game. The battle with the fish was engaging, and I could feel every wound and pain the Old Man endured during the fight.

Once he had caught the fish and sharks took it all away, Hemingway poignantly described how the Old Man felt.

The Old Man and the Sea book is going into my Favourite reads.

A must read for everyone who loves vivid storytelling with attention to detail.

You can find it on Goodreads here.