All of us want good friends, good relationships, good jobs, good lives, but, how many of us can honestly say are willing to pay the price for ‘the good life’?
Not only that, do we have the emotional, spiritual, mental and financial capacity to maintain a good thing? What is the point of finding a good thing if we don’t know how to appreciate it and nurture it and maintain it?
We are too quick to look at other people’s lives and envy them. We assume that they have it all figured out because they seemingly have it easy. (As if they landed on success without going through any trouble). We admire couples like Jada and Will Smith, Michelle and Barack Obama yet we forget that they are not exempt from the troubles of life. As inspiring as they are in public and on covers of magazines, they are human, they fight, they have problems just like everybody else. But they are committed to the promises they made to each other. What are you committed to?
One wise fellow once said, “If you want my success, you have to be willing to go through what I went through. You have to understand that though I am successful today, you are seeing a final product of a life that previously consisted of many disappointments, challenges, and fears coupled with rejection.”
This really opened to eyes to the fact that we can’t get success without paying the price for it. Sometimes the price means losing friends so that you can focus on attaining your dream. Sometimes the price means being ridiculed and overlooked. Sometimes the price means having nothing to eat while in pursuit of your dream. Sometimes the price is staying up late while others sleep, whatever it may be, the price of success is never cheap.
More often than not, success involves considerable personal heartache and hardship. Your character will be tested and tough decisions will have to be made. Yeah sure, during the day, people look pretty and composed, but don’t be fooled, nothing worth having comes easy.
So, consider this before you envy someone’s life, relationship or career… Are you willing to pay the price of what it costs them to have what they have?
As you go confidently in the direction of your dreams, be willing to overcome fear, rejection and disappointment. Believe in your dream no matter what. Be willing to pay the price of success…
Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led diffcult lives and led them well.
— Theodore Roosevelt
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
– Michael Jordan
The price of success is hard work.
– Vincent Lombardi
Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.
– Jim Rohn
I’ve never viewed myself as particularly talented. I’ve viewed myself asslightly above average in talent. Where I excel is with a ridiculous, sickening work ethic. While the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy’s eating, I’m working.
– Will Smith
Not everyone will believe in your dream. And if some do not believe, remember that their unbelief does not make your dream out of reach.
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
– Jim Rohn
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
– Jesus (John 16:33)