Charles Darwin's name carries sufficient fame that his name needs no introduction. His pioneering work, conducted over a 40 year span of time, unlocked the mysteries of nature and natural history as no scientist before him had done.
A far less commonly known fact is that before Darwin commenced his lifework, he had a powerful love for classical music. But, the urge for scientific discovery trumped the need to immerse himself in the enjoyment of the finest of the fine arts, as his research consumed every bit of 40 years, as well as 100% of his attention.
During this period of intense research and struggle (his wife stated that due to physical maladies, he never knew a day of comfort in the final forty years), he was unable to indulge in his passion for Classical Music (no, they did not have Ipods or MP3 players during this time period, if you can imagine such a thing). Darwin consoled himself for these years of self-denial by telling himself that once he had completed his treatise on evolution, and finish his groundbreaking and world-dividing book "The Origin of Species", he would then be free to indulge his love of classical music to his heart's content, and to a much greater degree than his wealth and fame would have otherwise allowed.
After his work was completed, Darwin again immersed himself in Classical music, only to come to the horrifying conclusion that after years of single-minded focus, he had lost the ability to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate Classical music. This was not a temporary loss, but dogged him for the remainder of his life. Through the long process of cutting off all recognition to and appreciation of Classical music, he had almost literally asphyxiated his appreciation of and for Classical music to the point where no degree of resuscitation could revive this now-dead capacity.
Here's where the scary part comes in:
According to Orrison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine and pioneer of the Self-Help movement, ambition is much like Darwin's experience with classical music. With each denial, each procrastination, each "I know it's important, but I'm swamped with the inconsequential minutia that constitute everyday life", could it be that we are permanently killing that spark of ambition? Now, Marden was no scientist, and had no extensive laboratory experience to back up this assertation (if such an animal were even possible). But, are you willing to sacrifice your ambition on even the off chance that it might be true???
Lou Gimbutis, owner of Property Solutions, LLC, www.SoldCarolina.com and www.123EscapeForeclosure.com, has been buying and selling houses full-time since 2004, first in Michigan, then after moving to NC in 2007. He serves as Director of Education for the Metrolina Real Estate Investor’s Association.