Enthusiasm isn’t going to get you anywhere. It’s cheap. It’s fabricated. Its short lived. It isn’t reliable.
This is why people are always looking to be inspired. Inspiration is a drug you smoke. Its effects only last a short time and then it’s gone, leaving the user searching for another blast in order to keep going.
Enthusiasm is unhealthy, it promises too much and never delivers what you thought it would. It doesn’t account for hard work and it stops right after it gets started.
The secret to it all is ENDURANCE. Probably not the answer you wanted to hear because it does the one thing every drug and every get rich quick scheme doesn’t – it offers the truth.
To suffer patiently is the state of mind you must embody in order to achieve fulfillment and happiness in your life. That is the thing you should be worshipping, because endurance is the only thing that wins in the end. It’s always been that way and it has stood the test of time – ironically enough.
Your success, your joy, your fulfillment, will be based on how beautifully you can suffer and keep going. Your ability to endure a tragic event, your ability to endure the pain of loss, your ability to endure times of struggle and uncertainty…and keep going…is the only thing that will deliver you the life and results you dream about.
“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like hard work” is a quote by Thomas Edison that resonates with me. Hard work is the action of endurance and it isn’t glamorous. That’s the reason why endurance is so unattractive is because it requires dedication which is slow moving, low burning, and an act of solitude and self-love. This is not a commodity in high value for most, which is why the Top 5% are the only ones who understand it and believe in it.
You don’t need to know your whole story before you write it. Just start writing it. Write your life every day by doing the things you don’t want to do in order to be the person you want to be. It doesn’t have to be perfect, don’t let that be an excuse for inaction. It doesn’t have to be beautiful, don’t let that be an excuse for inaction.
Do the work, all the time. Endure the struggle, all the time. Because after a while, the struggle loses its voice to endurance. Over time, the work becomes less of a burden and more of a necessity. It just takes time and endurance is the cure.