Do you think it is simply impossible for you to lose weight? Maybe you should attempt building your own submarine.
Let’s say you have an irresistible love for those grand landscapes found under the sea: the coral reefs, the swarm of fish dancing silent ballets, the way the sun’s rays are broken below the water’s surface, bathing everything in fairy light.
Maybe you go swimming and put on some diver goggles from time to time, maybe even a diving suit, but you know there are more wonders there, deeper down and with these aids you can’t experience them. You’d need a submarine to discover those landscapes with your own eyes. But who can afford one?
You ponder this over and over. Will those worlds under the sea forever stay closed to you? No, you want to see them and if that is what it takes, you will build your own submarine.
The are only some problems: You are living in the Ukraine, days from the nearest coast, your small-time livestock breeding doesn’t exactly make you rich, and you actually have no idea how submarines work.
The Village Fool
You go to the library and read everything there is about submarines, their technology, history – everything. Slowly a blue print forms in your head, the look of your submersible craft takes shape. Oh, you will have to improvise, but you are sure it can be done.
You scour junk yards for metal you can weld into what you need. If they don’t have the right pieces, you trade and bargain wherever something you can utilize pops up. After the first pieces are in place, something has happened: your submarine now is a physical entity and exists in the real world. No matter how sorry it looks at that moment, it is there, a dream on the way of becoming reality.
Sure, in your little village everyone laughs about you. They crack jokes, think you are crazy, but you don’t care. You think that when it comes to having a goal in life, this is as good as any. Maybe even better. Some people want nicer houses, bigger cars – you want a submarine. What is wrong with that?
You keeping working on your dream and then, one day, you are finally done. You can hardly believe it: you did it! Your submarine is ready for its first dive.
No Fairy Tale
If all this sounds like a fairy tale to you, it isn’t. It is the real life story of Vladimir Pilipenko. It took him 30 years to experience this day:
Think Through Your Situation
Is Mr. Pilipenko unique? No, he actually isn’t; only the goal he set for himself was rather unusual.
Your goal may be losing weight and it may seem to you like you simply can’t do it. Whatever you tried so far, it simply didn’t work.
That is where you can take a hint from Mr. Pilipenko: Sit down, think through your situation, find what works for you under your unique circumstances, identify stumbling blocks on the way and adjust around them.
Vladimir Pilipenko knew that submarines exist and can be built and you know that people can lose weight. If he was able to build a submarine, you can lose weight as well. It won’t take you thirty years either.
Picture courtesy of “davidd“.