The title may seem a bit confusing, but it makes sense if you can read between the words as this is just a single phrase that can change your whole thought process about your mindset and your personality. Well, this is not at all about degrading or praising intelligent yet innocent creatures called goats. Many of us are aware of goats: the animals which can climb mountain steeps and graze grass as if they can't find on the grounds. Maybe, grazing on mountain minerals is their fetish, who knows!
Goats are brilliant enough to understand human brains. That is why they can communicate with their masters and convey how they feel too. Isn't it amazing to pet such creatures and in return they give milk, which is treated as medicinal most of the time? They trust their masters way too much, which makes them end up sacrificing their lives for meat and when it comes to Indians, it's almost like fulfilling the thirst of gods and goddesses with the blood of a goat. Doesn't it sound ridiculous? Where all the smartness of a goat vanishes, when it is about to get killed by its own master or someone? This is such a metaphorical scene because the same applies to most of the people who are acting as goats in their real life.
They just follow others blindly and do whatever the other person orders, like grazing the grass on the mountains. It is not the intention of a goat to graze in the mountains. They just follow their caretaker or master and, especially, the goat which leads the group. Following another goat is a goat's ultimate destination. How many of you just do your work for the sake of money, appreciation, status, responsibilities, but not for the sake of satisfaction and happiness? Are you feeling bad for yourself now? Sorry, for comparing you, with a goat, but at the same time, on the brighter side, a goat is a clever creature, till it uses its mind.
Is following your heart, sometimes mean losing your mind? In the current millennial scenario, some of us are going crazy behind name and fame, and some of us are going behind searching the meaning of life. Both are extremes and a person needs to balance these extremes to become the "GOAT - Greatest Of All Time." Do you aware of this acronym? This is mostly used as a slang to motivate people around to achieve something greater rather than getting satisfied with whatever you get. Many motivational speakers can motivate you and this particular article also tries to motivate you, but you have the control over your mind and deeds, whether to get motivated or just consider this as another useless self-help or motivational piece of shit.
Yes, not everyone can become the greatest of all time, because not everyone can dance like Michael Jackson, not everyone can direct movies like James Cameron, not everyone can write poems like John Keats. And many great people gave their soulful work in various arts which are universally accepted, cherished and inspired. These iconic people are the greatest in their works, which says they are also nothing in other works. You can never imagine M.S. Subbalakshmi doing a classical dance like Pandit Birju Maharaj because she is still the best in classical music. Do you think that A.R. Rehman can reach heights in space science like Sir Abdul Kalam? Never in this or another lifetime. And if you think, none of these people hadn't their share of struggles, then you must consider yourself as one of the goats in a huge heard leading towards the mountains to taste the mineral.
We can never become greatest in all of the areas we are experts in or gain educational certifications in. But, we all can become or at least try to become that one person who can create and do the work where others can't and also make others inspired to follow the work you dedicated your life to build. Well, we all begin at some point to commit ourselves for the best to attain. But deviations, and diversions taken by our hearts and minds, sometimes make us behave just like a goat which follows its master. Being focused and balanced is a hard task to achieve because dealing with the extremes of life is difficult. At the same time, it isn't possible too. Being the greatest of all time in at least one area; one quality; one stream; one art; one craft; one place is the toughest endeavor a person can commit to. But if you try hard enough to be not just a goat in following others or balancing your heart and mind to make smart yet ethical decisions, the one fine day, you can emerge as the GOAT - Greatest of all time in whatever field you choose to excel in.
If you think so much about others' works and degrade yourself that you can never become like that, apply the same energy in thinking and searching within yourself to explore that one aspect which no one can even try to touch you and the work you can do. Being a goat or being the GOAT, depends on how you accept yourself and how you commit to yourself and your work. Think about it as just a plain fact, not as a motivational piece of advice. You will get it.