I Gotta Have Faith
Faith is an interesting topic, and intermingles with hope on many occasions. Faith and Hope as stated by webster:
Faith: noun – Something that is believed especially with strong conviction.
Hope: noun – Desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.
Hope, hope really really wants something to happen, but goes forward cautiously, ever careful of failure. Faith on the other hand, it sprints, with a priori knowledge of outcomes, throwing care to the wind.
Who’s to say which is better, I think faith in something can provide greater amounts of work and effort towards something, since there is no thought of failure. When failure does occur though, it fatally cripples the faith, with little left to push forward with. Hope allows for failure, it wants to be successful, but it’s entire livelihood is not centered around success. When failure occurs, hope can pick itself up and continue on, only partially hindered.
I would say that liberal amounts of research should be applied and followed up by faith in something, and if your research leads you to not be able to fully invest faith into a venture, perhaps there exists a flaw. Faith presumes that if any flaw exists, it’s effect will be miniscule, leaving itself exposed to the full brunt force of that flaw. Hope sees the flaw, analyzes it, researches it, and prepares for any effect of that flaw.
I’ll admit, I suffer from chronic faith. I find success stories of people in similar situations and do everything I can to follow suit, if all but directly. I find a niche, a field, an industry and jump in 110%, devoting time and energy and a lot of times money, to a cause that I have faith in, never allowing for failure. This has led me to learn some pretty incredible things as I’ve pursued various ventures, but at the same time I’ve left a lot of unfinished projects in my wake.
Will my latest efforts fizzle? I don’t think so, but at the same time I recognize that I run forward without regard to risks, so that can be taken whatever which way.
I gotta have faith.