Everybody wants to be successful, right? But is everybody really willing to work towards success?
We watch people beat records, lead big companies, earn money and we wish we were them! But nobody ever asks what is the price of success? Nobody is willing to take the risks those people took, nobody is willing to make their mistakes, overcome their obstacles and carry their burdens!
But see, truth is that behind every success there is hidden tons of work, sleepless nights, long shifts and hard choices!
You see an athlete who is winning an Olympic title and you admire his achievement, but do you think it was that easy? Just show up at the competition, win the medal and go home? No! That is the product of years of hard work, sweat and tears! Years of dedication, disappointment, injuries and persistence! It is a product of a desire so strong, that it burns your heart and your soul. It makes you give your best, even when you fail more than the rest!
They say that life is in the details! Thus, success is everything that takes place behind the “scenes”!
Being an athlete, I’ve experienced that so many times. People claim they want to be athletic like me, look like me, be the person I am and stuff like that. I look at them thinking “You have no idea what you are asking for”. They see the finished product, but they have no idea what it took me to be where I am today. The days when I found it so hard and discouraging to follow my dreams. The days I wanted to give up on everything. The days when I felt so tired to work out, the days I felt so weak, I didn’t want to stand out, I wanted to be just like everybody else. The months when I worked so hard, and when the big day came, I failed to show my potential, my talent and hard work! The overwhelming moments when everybody expected me to do great and I screwed everything up! The moments when I was bifurcated between two choices and I didn’t know which path to choose.
And if today you decide you want to be like me or somebody else, don’t get the wrong impressions. Don’t you dare think it was easy for me or somebody else! When you are faced with obstacles, struggles, disappointments and hard choices, don’t you dare think that fate is being mean to you! Don’t you dare think that fate is having a grudge on you! Don’t you dare you weren’t meant to be something more! Because you know what? Everybody can be whatever he believes he can! Whatever he works hard to become! And whatever he dares to become! Fate makes sure that everybody will EARN his success- through hard work, dedication and strong will!
So if you want to be like me, tomorrow when you face a problem, don’t think that it is you who was cursed to fail! I went through all of it and I refused to give up! I am nowhere close to where I’d like to be and I have people I admire, but never in my life, not for even a second, I let myself think it was gonna be easy!
Success isn’t the moment of greatness and the moment when everybody is looking up to you! Success is everything hidden in the shadow of tears, hard work and disappointments. The moments when others think you are not worth it but somewhere deep in your heart you know that this is exactly what you were destined to become!
What makes the difference between people who succeed and those who don’t is one more risk that successful people dared to take and one more failure they weren’t afraid to experience!