When you see a new artist you’ve never heard of sweep the top honors at an awards show, it’s easy to wonder where they came from. We all want to know the secret to their overnight rise to stardom.
What we don’t see on the highlight reel of the award show is all the late nights spent begging to sing in dive bars, or the countless tattered notebooks filled with scribbled lyrics. We don’t hear them singing heartfelt solos in the shower as a roommate bangs on the door telling them to pipe down.
The truth is there is no such thing as overnight success. Or if there is, it never happens overnight.
There are no three words in the English language that inspire greater courage than these: You’re not alone.
I was sitting in a therapy session not too long ago and ashamed to admit something to my counselor. Even though it was his job to not judge me or tell anybody about what goes on in that office, I didn’t want to tell him this.
Everyone wishes for more time. More time to create, more time to sleep, more time with loved ones. We constantly search for more time and fail. What if, instead of adding more time, you could multiply the time you already have?
Fear is present every time we sit down to create. No matter how often we face fear, daily acts of courage are required of anyone who dares to pursue a dream.
We have many fears. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of insignificance. Motivational speakers and inspirational memes would have us believe boxing fear into submission is the path to bravery. True courage, as it turns out, looks a little different.
We break out of the gates of college entitled to a job where we change the world, find meaning, and pay the bills. Reality requires a bit more humility and hustle.
Discovering our calling is an exercise in understanding where our skills and passions intersect with a significant need. Long-term success is found by first identifying a need and searching for the solution rather than crafting a solution and imposing it on others. No one likes to be told they have a problem.