Success/failure

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.

Better.

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.

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8 thoughts on “Success/failure

  1. I really love this post. I felt a kind of anguish when I didn’t get what I wanted after trying twice already. I tried again and I’m hoping for the best. This post has actually encouraged me not to give up because like you said, success is built on failure. Thank you for this post🙏

  2. Very well stated, Cristian. Everyone fails at something somewhere along the journey (life). It’s staying engaged and pressing forward. Learning from mistakes made along the way. I did not love my technical career for much of it; I learned to love it for all the benefits it allows me. And in never letting failure crush me, I put my father’s long ago advice into action. ” Illigitemi non carborundum” (Don’t let (them) wear you down.)

  3. It’is ok if you fail sometime
    It is ok if you walk one-step behind
    It is ok that your dream is late
    It is ok if you don’t feel good
    Remember life will change for sure
    Things will not be the same
    So just, hang on to your vision
    As success will come your way!

  4. This is so true. I’ve been trying to keep that in my mind all the time, without forgetting it. To believe in your passion, to keep going and to allow yourself to make mistakes without quitting.

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