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The Easy Way

How to get what you want.

MUSCAT, Oman- Furkan Duzgun — I don’t know if that’s his real name — decided that he wanted to study at the famous film school of Roman Polanski in Lodz, Poland. But in order to study at this school you need to speak Polish. Furkan is from Turkey. Furkan didn’t speak Polish.

But this didn’t mean he was going to just say “oh well” and go study at some other film school that teaches in some language that he could speak. That’s what most people would do. Furkan isn’t most people.

He spent a year learning Polish.

“Wait. You just sat around for a year learning a new fucking language?”

Yup.

Then Furkan attended the film school, got what he was after, and recently graduated. Now he travels around the world doing commercial filming.

This is how you obtain success at anything. Obstacles are normal. Accomplishments are a series of steps. The road ahead is always opaque and risky and the likelihood of success is always dubious at best. The only think that is guaranteed is that some people will make it through to the end. Why not you?

The easy way is easier but that isn’t the point.

Furkan Duzgun on Instagram, on Vimeo.

Filed under: Oman, Travel Inspiration

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3367 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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