Why does it take something really bad to happen for people to want to be really good?The most successful people I know got that way because of some sort of tragedy that they went through or some struggles they had to face. When life got hard they got harder and overcame.
But does life have to get hard before you can start to achieve great things?
Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors. Yeah, true fine. But that doesn’t mean when the water is calm you should remain docked right?
I can only speak for myself but when life is easy for me (and fortunately, it often has been) I find myself getting more and more complacent and comfortable with it and become less inclined to hustle and grind for more.
If my life was a sea it would be the Dead Sea. I’d just be here, floating around, getting very salty about it.
But you can’t have a life without struggle so it’s at this point where my brain will do one of two things:
• Make my current life seem harder by becoming depressed about it and making up issues that don’t really exist, leaving me docked at the harbour. Or,
• Say, “fuck this,” and create a new positive challenge for myself. Undocking and making my own waves.
It’s usually the first option which unfortunately never gets me anywhere. But I think it’s important for me to make a conscious effort to focus on the second choice.
It’s definitely easy to just lie on the boat when conditions are chill. But at the end of the day that’s not going to get us anywhere.