“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho
The bitter truth is that no one who’s good at something knows much about why they’re good. The secret got lost after thousands and thousands of failures. The thing is, they subconsciously know it’s simple: you fail and keep failing until you get better. And then you fail some more.
All you need is a strong enough reason to keep failing.
It doesn’t make sense, does it?
Of course it doesn’t. It’s not logical. It’s not what a normal person would do, that’s why normal people describe the passionate as obsessed.
The crazies do the same thing over and over again…
Expecting a different outcome.
But guess what?
There’s a different outcome waiting for you after countless failures. There’s success waiting for you on the other side of fear. There’s greatness on the other side of adversity.
Those things can’t be found anywhere else.
That’s one way to describe all the rags to riches stories, all the tormented souls who found immortality in being fabulous at something.
You want to know the truth?
You can be that too. At anything at all.
It’s just a matter of persistence.
But persistence is one of the few things that can’t be taught.
We worship intellect, talent, looks, even luck, but we don’t see much greatness in being persistent.
And yet scientists are beginning to understand this part: that it doesn’t matter how smart or beautiful or charismatic you are; it all comes down to mental resilience, to being strong enough to face rejection after rejection after rejection.
We often talk about comfort zones. Well, this is the exact opposite.
It’s breaking walls.
It’s realizing there’s nothing special about anyone else.
It’s deeply understanding that you can have anything you want in life, as long as you’re willing to sacrifice anything else for it.
Time and effort.
You give up something to gain something else.
You might not have much leisure time, or many friends, or even a relationship, but you can be a fantastic artist. Or rich. Or have the body of a god.
If it’s hard to believe, it’s because you’ve spent your entire life building walls around yourself. Around other people. You think of those who earn more than you as being talented or lucky or whatever, you think those who have better relationships as being more beautiful or more charismatic, but the truth is that they just worked harder at this than you.
We are all born equal, it’s just that some work harder than others.
Keep that in mind, and fail and fail, and keep failing.
Because there are two kinds of people: those who try once and give up, and those who try and try and try and try until the job gets done.