Taking one step.

Taking one step is equivalent to success. Each step is like a ladder which takes one to the door of success. The reason why I say this is, if you didn’t know alphabets, would you be able to read this or would I be able to write this? No, right? Life itself has levels or steps, one must clear levels to achieve their dreams.


Is life a game?

May be yes, because life too has goals just like the game of football. Life has levels like a game.

Just like a video game, life gives you three options:

  1. Give up.
  2. Pause.
  3. Retry.

This is exactly how life works. If one can’t clear a life stage or level, one can either give up, pause or take a break to evaluate situations, or retry by putting more effort to know what went wrong and then overcome it. It’s best to keep trying.


People who kept on taking many steps till they finally succeeded:

  • J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels was waitressing and on public assistance she was writing one of the best selling series. The book got rejected by a dozen publishers. But, she didn’t stop taking steps. The only reason her book got published was because the CEO’s eight year old daughter begged him to publish it. “Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.” – J.K. Rowling.
  • Michael Jordan, the man who became the best basketball player of all time didn’t qualify in his school basketball team. “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan.
  • Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) had faced failures many times but that didn’t stop him. He had worked as fireman, salesman, and etc till he actually succeeded at the age of 62. He focused on one step and kept on climbing each step till he finally turned failure to success.
  • Walt Disney, the famous man who made cartoon come live across the globe. He was the man who brought in Mickey Mouse to millions across the globe. This man was told that he lacked imagination power, creativity and had no good ideas. But, the man pushed harder and kept climbing up the steps.
  • Thomas Edison was both hearing impaired and fidgety. He only lasted three months in school where his teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was home schooled by his mother. About his invention of the light bulb, he said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.” – Thomas Edison.

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and many many others didn’t make it at one go. Success usually doesn’t come at just the first try or doesn’t welcome you at the very first step. One needs to keep trying and moving ahead.

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It’s best to keep trying. Every time one feels one can’t, one must try to put in an extra effort and push oneself forward.

In life, the difficulty level will go on increasing, one must focus on each level and try hard to clear each level with the support of one’s family and friends. Clearing each step will make one a little more confident than the past self and a little less confident than the future self. Keep climbing stairs, work upon improving oneself and helping others to get better.


In life, it is important to focus on one step at a time. Don’t rush, each step counts. One may try a new thing to discover another route. Nobody knows where the steps will take them but they’ll definitely help one climb the staircase and reach the door of success or the door of happiness.

Keep climbing one step at a time, you never know how close you may be to your goal.

This writing piece of mine, was part of a collaboration with a purpose, the topic being- “one step at a time towards the impossible.”

14 collaborators, from different countries of the world, participated in this writing event. Do read their take on the same topic:

  • Addison D’Marko (“If you want to achieve complete happiness one of the things you are going to have to do is care less. By this I mean stop putting so much thought into the things that do not matter.”)
  • Ajibola Sunday (“The true definition of success is being happy and living up to your potentials.”)
  • Barb Caffrey (“So, if you believe in any sort of Higher Power, one of the things you need to remember is to forgive yourself once in a while.”)
  • Camilla Motte (“We want to be help to the helpless. We all need love and support, and I pray this community will be that for you.”)
  • Divyang Shah (“If someone don’t speak much, don’t interpret as a dumb, their mind must be working on something very big or may be he is a writer and observing surrounding on which he would come with some deep write-ups.”)
  • Jothish Joseph (“Anybody can write “Extra” before “ordinary” but only people of courage dare to earn it…”)
  • Ipuna Black (“None of us are perfect or come from perfect backgrounds, but this doesn’t mean we can’t aim for a positive and fulfilling life. The life we all deserve.”)
  • Jane Love (“People who have a genuine say and a true voice of their own… not just an echo of some celebrity they think they love.”)
  • Manal Ahmad (“Who says oblivion happens to all of us? A single act of kindness makes sure you live on in somebody’s heart.”)
  • Mylene C. Orillo (“Where I’m at right now is a testament that ‘Dreams really do come true.’”)
  • Sadaf Siddiqi (“The best thing about memories, is one doesn’t realize they are making memories but once recorded, it just rewinds and takes one back to the beautiful series of life.”)
  • Sonyo Estavillo (“I am here to champion anyone from the successful and confident folks, to those that are clinically depressed.”)
  • Tajwar Fatma (“When life hits you hard, hit back harder!”)
  • Nicolle K (“Success, for me, is when I spend my days feeling happy, peaceful, fulfilled and without fear of lack.”)

17 thoughts on “Taking one step.”

  1. A well written motivational masterpiece. I really appreciate your effort in putting this article together and I’m sure it will serve its purpose by giving the dose of motivation to all who are in need of it. Thanks for sharing and stay blessed.

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  2. Sadaf, I never thought of life as analogous to a video game before, but it makes so much sense. And I enjoyed your post immensely…lots of layers here, and I thought all were well done.

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  3. Wow! Honestly, I’m amazed at the examples you’ve given. You’ve made the most of the world’s current distractions and turned them to positive learning experiences.
    Coming to the video game part, before reading your words, I hardly noticed those three options, now they mean so much to readers. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful thought.

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  4. Your examples are truly impeccable as always, Teacher. You always find a way to teach us something new from the least likely examples. Keep rocking and thanks for sharing!!
    Take care.

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  5. Nice post. Yes, it takes small steps to progression. I never thought of the alphabet the way you explained it. We must start at A to get Z. Without knowledge of each letter we can’t read or write appropriately. We may be able to speak, but we need more. Excellent examples and explanation. More power to you. #keepwriting.

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  6. I really love the examples from others who have eventually gone on to succeed in their chosen profession. And it’s true that life gives you those three options, you can either give up, pause or try again. Sometimes you have to pause, but at the end of the day, it’s actually about trying again and again until you get to where you want to be. Inspiring post, thanks for writing it.

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  7. Sadaf! Our collaboration feels right with you back in it! Our wise teacher! We missed you last time. You listed such great examples of failures and successes. I love your video game analogy. I think it’s okay to pause when you need it, but then, push forward (or give up!). I loved every bit of your wonderful writing. I’m working on something right now that has not been easy. I’ve failed a lot, but I keep getting closer to my goal. This post was a great reminder to not give up on my passion. Thank you! I hope you have a great day!

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