Look back for understanding, live forward for success!

GenkiWorld By GenkiWorld, 10th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/iyolwf84/
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This article talks about life and how in order to be successful in it, we must look backwards for understanding and meaning, but only live forwards in order to make anything with the gained incite of our personal life occurrences.

Understanding life.

“Life can only be understood backwards, but only lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard. Many of us when we reach certain cross point of our life, or a certain age begin to wonder what is the meaning of our life. What is the purpose of our life? What is truly the reasons for living and what makes our life so unique and special? As this famous quote suggests, life can only be understood backwards, yet only lived forwards.


When was the last time we looked towards the future to understand events and situations in our lives? When was the last time we looked to the present, or try to predict future events in order to define who we are and find our place in life? I am sure the answer to this for most of us is never. The reason for this is because only by analyzing our lives backwards can we get some meaning and understanding about the events that have taken place in our lives and who we are.


Take for example, making mistake. When we make a mistake, instead of looking to the future to try to predict the outcome of the situation, or the effects of the situation in the long run, we will look towards the past, the one moment on which the mistake was made. We will not only look at the exact moment of the mistake, but the consequences that led to it and what ultimately could have been done differently. Taking all those things in to account as well as the present, we will arrive at a conclusion and derive a lesson to permanently learn in order to avoid making the same mistake again.


Only when we look backwards can we truly understand our lives. However looking backwards is often times only going to accomplish one thing, understanding. Then it’s up to us to take that understanding and put it to good use. Only by living life forwards every day can we achieve anything with the understanding we have. Only by living life forwards can we make the best of it and be successful.

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Life, Life Advice, Life Understanding, Living, Prosperity, Prosperous Life, Self Improvement, Success In Life

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Hello Wikinutters, it is a pleasure to be a part of this community. I am a writer with a passion for all things writing.

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author avatar viewgreen
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Great article with awesome motivate of life's. Thank you for sharing this educative information. :)

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author avatar GenkiWorld
11th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks and happy to share it with everyone :)

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author avatar Carol Roach
11th Jan 2015 (#)

very nice essay yes we have to life our life and learn from our mistakes that is an important part of life

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author avatar GenkiWorld
11th Jan 2015 (#)

thanks, i think only by doing so it's the only way we can move forwards in life and progress as people.

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author avatar Utah Jay
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Perhaps this is why I love history, not the reinvented history we learned in school, but the real history from the history makers mouths, letters, books and such…All to be had for the asking at the Library of Congress…Great post today, one we all should read.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
11th Jan 2015 (#)

i can agree with you, i have always loved the actul history from those old documents, manuscripts, they tell the stories unlike others. if only the rest o the world apresiated what history has to tell us and if only humanity could learn from that too :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Good thoughts. The greatest present is the present moment - to be lived with an eye on a meaningful future - siva

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author avatar GenkiWorld
11th Jan 2015 (#)

yes, dweelling in the past will do us no good and often brings more problems, it is best to focus on the here and now nd keep an ee for the fture.

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author avatar Natraj
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Lovely post. Appreciate your thoughts put in a nut shell here

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author avatar GenkiWorld
11th Jan 2015 (#)

thank you very much :) most of these are a result of conversations my husband and i have.

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author avatar Jenny Heart
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Very wise words here that I enjoyed reading. Do you also write on Bubblews. Your pen name looks familiar.

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author avatar Yon Maryono
25th Jan 2015 (#)

The past is a media for learning of the future

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