There are some people who are overnight successes. These people usually possess one of the following:
• Incredible, over-the-top talent (rare)
• A big head start (the heir of an established star)
• A lot of luck (some people do win the lottery)
For the rest of us (the other 99.99%), the path to ultimate success is not so easily traversed. No one holds the door open for you. You have to scratch and claw to achieve your goals.
Often the process from here to there is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. There is no single precipitating event that triggers success. It's not like you're Ordinary Joe one day and Superstar the next.
Rather the process is most often the gradual accumulation of:
Like a jigsaw puzzle, most success stories are pieced together over time. You sets a goal and start off on a journey. Along the way, you make mistakes and learn. You stumble and fall. You build on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. You meet people who can help you. You get better at finding and capitalizing on opportunities. Then one day, you exclaim, “Holy Cow, I’ve made it!”
And as with a jigsaw puzzle, many people become frustrated and give up. People tire of the process, of sitting still or of being inside when the sun is shining. People decide to stop working at the puzzle.
Those who stay the course are give themselves a shot at their aspirations, and creating a beautiful picture for their life.
What keeps you motivated?
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