Like many, I’m as stubborn as they come. For years I tried solving a Rubik’s Cube, mostly by chance, luck, and happenstance. As I grew older, I realized there must be a solution. I became determined to find that solution.
I found the solution, followed it step for step (or so I thought) and word for word, but couldn’t solve the puzzle. Puzzled (pun intended), I gave the cube away. So much for solving that Rubik’s Cube.
Recently my daughter picked up a Rubik’s Cube that is at my in-laws and started playing with it. Seeing the wonder of her playing with it inspired me to try again. It’s more difficult because it’s not your normal cube. It’s an NFL team cube, so the colors, sides, and patterns are different. Anybody who has solved or tried to solve the cube knows what I’m talking about.
Again, I figured out which sides correspond to what colors, tried the steps for hours, and failed. I knew that somebody must have removed the stickers and placed them elsewhere. This cube was impossible, but I felt ready to tackle the original Rubik’s Cube. The practice I had on the much harder cube left me prepared.
The next day I found a Rubik’s Cube, opened the guide, followed the instructions, and solved the cube within 15 minutes. Voila! While nobody believed me at first, I proved it again and again. I still haven’t memorized the algorithms to solve the cube, but I’m working on that. It’s my next step.
I could have given up again. I wanted to give up again, but damn it, I was going to solve that Rubik’s Cube. Having solved the standard cube, I picked up the NFL cube and solved that one as well. “I guess it wasn’t impossible. I just wasn’t good enough, and now I’m better.”
It’s a stupid Rubik’s Cube story, I get it. However, on a bigger scale, it reminds me why we shouldn’t give up. It reminds me why it’s okay to put it aside and get back to it later. If you dedicate yourself to learning and doing something new, you can do it. Even better, you will do it.
Hell, buy a Rubik’s Cube. Don’t stop until you solve it. It’s a neat process. Step one, step two, step three, and stepping through until the end. Then, you’re done. Then you practice again. You’re better, faster, and mastering another skill. Be determined.