Success is built on failure. It is built on disappointment, built by overcoming adversity. It is a marathon, not a sprint. A series of daily habits all working together, not a singular event.
It hard work in the background, not time spent in the spotlight.
It is rather boring. It is easier to imagine greatness, to daydream about it, to witness it and admire it in others, than it is to do the work that is required in order to become great yourself.
Do what you love, love what you do.
Sounds smart, right?
It is. But there’s a small part that people often overlook…
Do what you love, learn to love what you do.
This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. – Alan Wilson Watts
It is imperious that you fall in love with the process.
That you have the vision, the mental fortitude, the self-discipline to “enjoy” the process when it’s least enjoyable. To do all those things that others won’t. To do what has to be done even when you don’t feel like it.
To fail, time and time again, without losing enthusiasm. Without even flinching.
To realize that failure is the only way you’ll ever get better. Failure is the only way to step outside your comfort zone, fight the urge to step back inside that zone, and stay there for as long as it takes.
All else is bullshit. Fairy tales. Pretty lies, whose aim is to offer you an easy way out.
There are lots of excuses, and you’ll probably get to be one hundred and you won’t even run out of them. You can believe in whatever you want to believe in, but the hard truth is there’s no substitute for doing the work.
Success is earned.
It’s as simple and as hard as that.