When everything feels like it’s against you it can be easy to forget just how much possibility our lives carry. The above video had a profound effect on me.
It’s the simple story of William Kamkwamba and how he built a windmill in his starving African village. To me, it’s not a story about race, poverty, or starvation, but a story of initiative. Of not knowing that something is impossible. Going on little more than textbook diagrams (he couldn’t really read english), William built a windmill out of scrap parts to power his family’s home. The local villagers thought he was insane, but he persisted and succeeded.
More often than not, people defeat themselves before they even start. They think of every possible reason why they’ll fail, instead of all the reason’s why they might succeed. Remember, it’s not about resources, it’s about resourcefulness. Sometimes all it takes is believing that you can, and then finding a way.
“Trust yourself and believe. Whatever happens, don’t give up.” – William Kamkwamba