Whenever we come across a successful person, whether they are a best-selling author, a new musician or CEO of some big company, we tend to only see their success.
We assume the writer is a genius, the musician was one of the lucky ones and the CEO knew the right people. In the process of chalking up others’ success to some sort of magic, we dismiss our own capabilities because it seems too impossible. After all, we aren’t one of the “chosen ones.”
Successful people aren’t special. They just decided to put their ass where their heart is- over and over again. TWEET THAT.
Did you know that it took Michelangelo over four years to paint the Sistine Chapel? When we look at his work however, we don’t think of the struggle and sweat that went into this masterpiece…we just see the final result.
“If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful.” -Michelangelo
There’s no magic when it comes to success. Each master started with a pen and piece of paper, a To-Do list, a plan- then worked his butt off to get to where he his today.
The magic formula:
Dream + Work + Fail +Work +Fail +Work +Fail +Work +Fail +Work +Fail +Work +Fail +Work = Success
You are more than capable of bringing your dream to life, but you must be determined to do the behind-the-scenes work. You are the “lucky one,” if you choose to be.
What are you willing to do for your masterpiece?
Here are 4 components of bringing a vision to life (the ones that scare most people off):
Sacrifice. It takes sacrificing a whole lotta time and money. You make the conscious choice, each and everyday, to spend your valuable time and hard earned cash on your dream. You start to forfeit weekends out with friends to stay in and write or develop an idea and you cope with bad roots or bushy eyebrows to save a few dollars.
Some days, it’s not easy to swallow the sacrifices you’re making, but knowing that everything will come back to you tenfold brings great comfort.
Failure. This is the willingness to feel vulnerable, put yourself out there and fail over and over again. If success were a straight line, then everyone would follow their dreams.
You must be willing to spend the time developing something, watching it crash and burn and waking up the next day to do it all over again. It’s just one damn thing after the other, which is why you must tap into the perseverance that lies within you.
Once you realize that with each failed attempt, you’re getting closer to your dream, it makes the journey less frustrating.
Risk Taking. Your overall dream is a risk. You’ve quit your job, used up all your life’s savings and moved to Japan- all for the hope that your plan is going to work.
When you know in your gut that you have the right dream, you may need to ride on faith for a while, especially because other people may not understand what the heck you’re doing.
Most days, it can feel like you’re all alone on your mission, making even the smallest risk feel dangerous. But at the end of the day, if you never take a risk, you’ll never achieve your dreams. It’s straight through the fire that we realize how far we can go.
Work. When you’re doing the work you love, it does feel different from just an ordinary job or career. It feels “clean” and even fun. You enter some crazy time warp and become fully absorbed at the tasks at hand. You feel inspired and challenged all at the same time.
I don’t believe the term “hard work” is fitting for your dream, but it is A LOT of work. In fact, it’s exhausting! However, doing something you genuinely love makes the work a bit more manageable! You can’t skip over the labor, but you can enjoy it.
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