“On the road to their destiny, halfway through, every person will be tempted to give up. Some turn around and go back. The others stay committed and keep moving forward. What’s interesting, is both people travel the same distance. One goes halfway back to where they started, the other goes halfway ahead and reaches their goal. Committed people outlast the difficulty.” – Joel Osteen
Life’s unpredictable. We may try to find a bit of certainty, or create it, and we may think or do or adopt certain behaviors, but the truth is, we never know what’s going to happen.
We, of course, have expectations. We imagine the world in a certain way, life happening at a certain pace, the universe being governed by a strict set of rules.
You work hard, you do your best, the universe rewards you.
This is what most successful people will tell you, this is what overcoming adversity is supposed to be defined as.
Every single time you give your best, you reach your goal. You get whatever you want.
Well, the truth is that sometimes you do give your best. And you do work for sixteen hours a day. And you sacrifice a lot. And you do these things over and over again until there’s nothing left. There really isn’t.
You’re broken. The pursuit has broken your spirit in half. You’ve lost heart, again and again and again.
You gave your best, and it didn’t work. You failed.
And that’s when most people quit. Well, most people never make it to this part. After all, if you gave a valid effort, and it didn’t work, then why should you pursue?
Are you insane?
Yes. You must be.
When everything is against you, when you’ve lost, again and again and again, when there’s no more energy, no more time, no more money, when no one gives a damn about you and your dreams, when you feel alone, broken, tired, when you just want to roll over and die, that’s when it’s time to push even further.
The road to success is paved with anger, bitterness, being told “no” over and over again, failure, petty frustrations, the endless grind, more failure, the mind-numbing, graceless task of becoming great, even more failure, pain, all forming a river of blood, sweat, and tears, and then having to swim across it.
I cannot explain this to you, but if you quit when it hurts the most, you’ll never get rid of the pain. It will hurt for the rest of your life, and you will be forever doomed to regret it.
But if you persevere, however, you will be successful. In an almost magical way. As if the universe falls in love with the most stubborn of hearts, rewards those who give more than they get for longer than anyone else.
Do you want to make your dreams come true?
Stop at nothing, give your best, and never accept defeat.
And you’ll make your dream come true. Someday. When you least expect it. Long after others have given up.
As they say, it’s never crowded on the extra mile.