“I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.” -Mae West
Talk to people who are happily married.
Talk to people who love their children.
Talk to people who own a business.
Talk to people who get paid to do something they love.
Talk to people who are good at learning new skills.
Talk to people who seem happy or successful.
Talk to people who are physically fit.
Talk to people who are influential leaders in their communities.
Talk to anyone who seems to be doing anything you think is worth doing.
When you have that conversation, ask them the following two questions:
1) Did you ever have to do something that wasn’t easy and exciting in order to create the results you now have?
2) Did it ever feel difficult, painful, or inconvenient to remain committed to the values, standards, and practices that were necessary for your success?
If you ask those questions, you’ll discover…
Any activity you love is going to feel like hard work sometimes.
Whether you’re raising children, starting a business, or just planning a weekend get together with friends, there are aspects to everything that are not fun.
Many have been misled into believing that if they were really in love with X, then the procurement or maintenance of X would never feel like hard work.
It’s actually the other way around: the more you love something, the more it’s going to challenge you. Those challenges may be worth it in the end, but there’s a huge difference between “the challenges are worth it” and “the challenges don’t exist.”
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