“In spite of our brilliant ergonomic design, our culture still emphasizes struggle and down-plays ease. Our boss proudly justifies his position by reminding us how long he sweated to get where he is. Yet his 20 years of struggle may not have been required by life, but by his belief. If he believed it took 10 years to become a manager, that’s how long it would have taken. When good things happen fluently and easily, we tend to apologize as if we have not paid the requisite suffering.
Meanwhile, others become wealthy or successful in a short time, they love the adventure, and serve many people in the process. Richard Bach wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull in a few weeks. Bill Gates became a billionaire in a few short years. Julia Roberts rose to the top of Hollywood’s A-list in her early 20s. Tiger Woods turned the golf world upside down before he was 21. Are these people just lucky? Did they violate the “no pain, no gain” edict? No, they just trusted their inspiration and did what they loved to do the most. Then, empowered by passion, they attracted the people and resources to assist them.”
Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It”
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