Last week we talked about “The Art of Preparation.” If you missed it, definitely make sure you go and check it out here. This week I want to talk about discovering your power.
Over the last few weeks, there was a new craze. It was called “Flappy Bird”. I’m a late adopter when it comes to mobile entertainment, so I completely missed this one. However, I was drawn to its story this past weekend.
Here are some quick stats on the game:
As you can see, the game was pretty successful. So why did the creator, Dong Ngueyn, take it down?
Well he claims that it simply became too overwhelming and that the attention was more than he could handle. Reports say he had received a lot of “internet hate” from his wildly successful creation. Some said it was too hard, others criticized the crude graphics, and a few even berated the users who found it entertaining.
While we may never know for sure why Mr. Ngueyn removed the game, one thing is for certain. When you do things that are outside of the box and different from the social norm, people are going to notice. Everyone will not like what you are doing, the direction you are moving, and some will even try to purposely derail your pursuits.
The scholarships this week are going to force you to step outside of your comfort zone and to really go for it. They’re going to force you to discover your power.
Take a look:
- American Sleep Medicine Foundation “Sleep Story” Video Contest: A video contest for high school students regarding sleep.
Deadline: February 13th
- Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program: Students ages 6-18 who volunteer in their communities can be nominated to win this prestigious scholarship.
Deadline: March 14th
- Simon451 Novel-Writing Contest: College students, enter for your chance to receive a publishing contract and a trip to New York City.
Award: Can you put a price on being a published author?
Deadline: March 15th
- Doodle 4 Google: Creative competition open to K-12 students. Theme for 2014: “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”.
Deadline: March 20th
All of the above scholarships are for students who do something different. They’re for students who aren’t afraid of going against the grain. If you’re unsure if you should apply because of what others will think, it’s okay to be criticized for taking remarkable action. These scholarships are going to require you to do more than what is expected, so make sure you have a great support system around you, are seeking out the resources you need, and asking the questions that others are afraid to know the answers to.
“If you can’t be criticized for it, it’s probably not remarkable. Are you devoting yourself to something devoid of criticism?” – Unknown
It’s the willingness to take uncommon action that will create an uncommon result. Don’t be afraid to discover your power.