The Answer Often Lies With Ourselves. Believe.
If you want to be known as a stickler, someone who insists on something unyieldingly or a stick in the mud, someone who avoids new activities, ideas, or attitudes, rather be known as one who has stick-to-itiveness.
Stick-to-itiveness is an informal word that means unwavering pertinacity, perseverance. Today, I decided to display this trait with my Lenovo desktop which was quite a new computer considering that I have used it for less than 30 times in the last four years.
2 years ago, the computer could not start and I had to engage the services of Lenovo. Through the phone, the technician was succinct with his instructions. I had the good mind to take down his instructions and work on the steps that he instructed. Step by step, I managed to bring the desktop back to the factory condition after I saved my data.
But this time, my Lenovo desktop flickered very badly for the last few days. Fortunately, I still had the instructions with me and decided to follow it to a T. It was very easy.
Unplug all cables and switch off the mains.
Switch on again and before the Lenovo logo comes on, tap the F2 key multiple times.
A dialog box would come up asking whether you would like to restore the computer.
Click yes and it asked if it is Ok to lose unsaved data (well, I could not save any data with a madly flickering screen so I would rather save the computer)
Next, it says to leave desktop alone while it was quick restoring.
Under 10 minutes, it was completed and it asked to reboot.
The desktop became functioning like brand-new!
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
― Thomas A. Edison
I am glad that I did not listen to others who asked me to bin the computer. I believe that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. In this case, it is not broken to me. I would not fix it by buying a new computer as suggested but try to fix it literally.
I feel that I have inspired myself. Suddenly, the great words of Sir Winston Churchill rang through my head, “ Never, never, never give up!”
The song, “ Never, never, never, never give up! from ‘Thomas & Friends sang in my heart. The lyrics of the song immediately resounded around me the way ‘Thomas & Friends’ characters did in https://youtube/53a3QBcELvE That’s how I felt.
Elevated and elated by a sense of achievement not so much by the fact that I have saved money not sending the desktop for repair or buying a new one but by the fact that we can solve problems if we try hard enough.
I feel a can-do attitude. In fact, in most obstacles that I faced these days, even if I do not solve them instantly, I often manage to find some solutions in the end.
Have patience and stick-to-itiveness in what we do.
Originally published at https://summerlotus.com.sg.