There’s no better feeling than something going well, especially when you haven’t had to put much time into it. Hard work pays off, of course, but there’s a sense that things that don’t flow quickly and easily might not be for us. Being lucky enough to have something take off immediately is worn as a badge of honour positioning you as a master in your field.
Effort on the other hand can be perceived as you not being very good at what you do because you’ve had to spend time figuring out something that didn’t happen instantaneously. But what if the true masters are the ones amongst us who go the extra mile in everything they do to arrive at the point of mastery.
“I will be magic, I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a master… I must have the most incredible training system. To dig and dig and dig until I find. I will study and look back on the whole world of entertainment and perfect it. Take it steps further than where the greatest left off.” ~ Michael Jackson
The achievement of becoming ‘the first…’, or ‘the youngest…’ should be celebrated for sure, however, how impactful or lasting are some of these benchmarks in a constant chase for ‘first’ simply to create a historical moment. Household names like Stan Lee, creator of Marvel comics, and Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, along with a long list of others worked for many years before creating internationally recognised brands. So where’s the balance?
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