Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. – William Shakespeare

It seems to me that it is some people’s inexorable destiny to become great. But to most folks, greatness is simply about being determined enough.

The only way out of a struggle is to hustle.

There’s no other way. No substitute for hard work. No shortcut.

Simply put, you can’t climb the ladder to success with your hands in your pockets.

There’s no elevator.

That being said, it is probably realistic to understand and expect the following: about 90% of your plans will fail.

When learning something new, you’ll suck at it.

Give up this romantic notion… nothing works the first few times.

Of course, the easiest thing to do is to admire greatness and feel that you too can be great.

Seems simple enough, right?

But it’s not.

Most people quit when they notice this huge gap between what they know is great and what they’re actually doing.

You’ve got to keep pushing until you close the gap.

By sheer volume of work, you accumulate the experience, the knowledge, the vision to become just as great as you thought you could be.

It’s all hard work. It’s all about effort, will power, the ability to learn and adapt.

No way to go around it. Sorry.


  1. This is exactly how I feel in my pursuit to learn how to play instruments or how to speak Chinese. There’s no shortcut (Oh, I wish there were). I need to work hard, spend enough time learning and practicing, or I’d get nowhere close to my goals! 😅

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  2. Christian, I love much of your writing because you translate Spiritual thoughts and ideas into terms the flesh can understand.

    What I see in this is this,
    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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