So you’ve sacrificed many sleepless nights for your dream? You’ve sacrificed your relationships, your health, and your comfort? You put everything on the line for this one goal that means the world to you? I’ve got something to tell you: you will fail.
I know they all tell you, that if you want to make it in life, all you’ve got to do is work hard, put in the hours, make the sacrifices. But the reality of life is that sometimes, even when you work hard for something, you can still fail. You can still lose it all in the blink of an eye. Hard work does not always lead to success.
It would be nice to think that the world was fair, that is was as simple as “if you give, you will receive back.” But many of us have had times when we gave it all only to lose some more.
Sometimes it’s simple things. Maybe you spent hours on an assignment, only to get a mediocre C- in the end. Maybe you spent hours in the gym for months, only to realize that you’ve not been losing the weight you wanted to lose this whole time.
Sometimes it’s a little bit more serious. Maybe you spent years working overtime at the office, doing your best on every single project, and instead of being promoted, you get laid off. Maybe you’re a world class athlete, and you spent years training to get into the Olympics, but just before the games begin, you get seriously injured and you can’t even practice your sport anymore.
Things like these suck. They will crush you. They will make you feel like giving up on it all and just bumming your way through life.
It takes a special kind of mental strength to be able to work hard for something, fail, but still move on with the same amount of vigor and motivation. That’s the kind of mental strength we should all aspire to have. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all just learn, let go, and move on when things don’t work out? It might help to know that even if your hard work does not lead to success, you will have gained experience through it all. And sometimes experience has to be enough.
Cheers to life!
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