Do You ‘Happen To Things’?

I was researching Leonardo Da Vinci for another post when I read his brilliant quote which sums it all up:

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.

They went out and happened to things.”

So, the question to ask ourselves today is:

Are things happening to us, or

Are we happening to things?

I am sure you are happening to things…

And if thats the case, then pat yourself on the back and keep it up, but don’t forget to have some fun on the way.

And if you have ‘not happened to things’ YET, now is the time to decide and ‘go for it’.


This is your life,

You only live once, and

‘Your time is limited’…

Which reminds me of another remarkable quote by Apple’s Steve Jobs:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

Everything else is secondary.”

(For the full text of his Stanford Commencement Speech, click here. A must read!)


Yes, everything else is secondary.

So, ‘happen to things’ and

Have a remarkable life…

Follow your passion.


Nuruddin Abjani

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  • I am big fan of both the characters you mentioned in this article … Leonardo and Steve Job … this article is really concise and powerful … and I loved it! 

  • Sarah Q

    I love your take on US happening to things and not vice versa. Yes its true, we should go out there and ‘happen’! Find what we believe in and make it happen, no matter how difficult or how impossible it seems, we can happen to things 🙂 

    • Thanks for the comment, Sarah. 

      Yes, it usually depends on us to do things.

      God bless. 


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  • Amjad Awan

    Well said Sir, True words of wisdom. i m still in the “Things Happening to me” category … 🙂 hoping to go once step ahead. with the guidance of people like you.

    thanks and Regards,
    Amjad Awan

    • Thanks Amjad. Inshallah, you will.

      God bless you.