“You must be willing to drudge through the drudgery to find the joy on the other side.” — Joshua Fields Millburn
Do you want to be a better writer? A better runner, musician, student or athlete? Then you have to practice. As Joshua Fields Millburn always says, you have to ‘drudge through the drudgery’. What does this mean?
It means keeping at it when times get tough, when you hit writer’s block and when you are not in the ‘creative zone’ or feeling a sense of flow. Just like in life, often times these opportunities don’t come knocking at our door. We have to chase after them, moment after moment. This includes when we are tired, when we are busy, or when we have a million other things to do. When we put other things above our passions, we prioritize them, and give them more attention and time. It turns out, prioritization, attention, and time, can help you cultivate any skill you want to cultivate in your life. If we want to get good at a skill, we need to treat it like a job. Most people take jobs seriously, and only pay attention to their passions when it’s convenient.
We have to make the time to make it happen. We have to give our passions the time and attention they need in order to grow. Getting that momentum going is tough, and keeping it up can be just as tough. We have to work past the exhaustion, distractions, fears, and anything else that is stopping us from improving our craft. Only then, can we really grow. Once we get going, we might be able to get into that ‘flow’ like state where it all seems to happen without much effort. In order to get the flow though, we have to start.
A lot of people look for a shortcut. They look around, trying to find what will get them viral. People think that those who become successful get there overnight, but that’s not how success works. Sure, someone might get a ‘few minutes of fame’ with greater ease than someone who has a long-term success, but which one are we really chasing? Are we really putting in the effort, just so we can be forgotten about in a few months from now?
Overnight success comes from years of hard work. We have to put in the effort and hard work, even if our results aren’t instantly acknowledged. If you are tired, if you can think of a million excuses to stop; keep going and don’t give up. Only after putting in the work time and time again, can we improve our skills and begin to gain recognition from others.
You want to know the ‘secret to success’? Spend time practicing whatever you want to improve upon. Focus on quality rather than quantity. Give yourself time where you can really focus and be free of distractions. Even if distractions come around, keep trekking along, and eventually you will get closer to your destination.
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