Greatness is not a singular moment. It’s not the punch that knocks out your opponent, not the penalty kick, not the moment you deliver the acceptance speech for your Nobel Prize…
Greatness is not the world record breaking sprint…
Greatness is not what others see…
It’s all the parts that lead up to that sprint or punch or kick…
The parts that no one claps for.
The parts that most people don’t even want to consider doing.
Writing for an audience of five…
Getting ten views on YouTube.
Selling a book a month.
Doing stuff when it feels pointless.
When you’re too tired.
When you’re angry.
When all you want to do is give up.
First month of self-publishing? I sold 3 copies of a short story, earning $1.05 before taxes. First month of blogging? I got five hundred views total, even though I was blogging daily. Oh, I forgot. My first blog… I actually deleted it after 3 posts and no comments or views whatsoever. Because, why? Took me six months to reach 100 subscribers on YouTube.
Whenever you feel like asking what’s the point to doing something, think of your goal.
Just think of what you are trying to achieve.
And realize that you’ve got to do it. Can’t have glory without guts. Can’t have success without sweat, blood, and tears.
It’s just how it goes.
It’s why most people are never successful.
Because of the boring parts.
Because of the parts that no one claps for.
Because they want to be great, but never want to suffer for that greatness.