What The Flash Says About Incremental Improvements
The moral case for taking your time to improve on things.
How fast do you want to improve?
How many steps are you willing to take in order to see that improvement? These are the fundamentals of finding ways to improve yourself. Everyone has something about themselves they wish was different in one way or another. Usually it's a thing that we wish we could do better than we currently do. Whether it's being able to run faster or longer, play a sport better, write more powerful essays or stories of some kind. We all want to make ourselves better. Most of us get frustrated with the fact that these improvements don't come naturally to us. That when we set out to make something better, it doesn't happen quickly.
Often this leads to people wanting to give up on the task at hand. If it's not going to lead to a powerful and noticeable outcome, there's very little reason to actually go about it. What people fail to consider however is that anything worth doing is worth taking the time to work through the frustration. To put in the effort and enjoy the process of getting better. In doing so, you learn a lot about yourself and what it is that you're capable of, and what you might not be capable of achieving. Knowledge like this is incredibly beneficial in and of itself. If you put in the time to really work at it and you don't improve or you find that you don't like it, at the very least you understand the skill you've tried to develop much better. You can use this to advise others on the value of the activity. Help them to make a better decision about their own need for improvement.
It's hard to make a case for not doing something if you've never done it yourself. Or you gave up rather easily because it was difficult. For others, it might not be as difficult and if you advise them against it you can wind up robbing them of finding out for themselves. Which isn't good for anyone in the long run.
The Flash is very much about the process of making incremental improvements on yourself. Barry Allen, as played by Grant Gustin, begins the story not being very good at anything. He doesn't really know how to help people in a way that makes sense. Most of the time he's fumbling his way through and figuring things out as he goes. Even his speed, something he has the skill to do far beyond anyone else, isn't something he can do all that well. As he encounters people who can do it better or has better skill, he learns how to become better at it.
Ultimately surpassing those who would seek to use their abilities for less beneficial reasons of the people around them. He becomes a better person and is better able to make the world a place worthy of the people within it, including himself.
Do yourself a favour and follow the path of incremental improvement by checking out The Flash as soon as you can.
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