Without any warning or advanced notice, years of hard work and toil could pay dividends that make your entire labor worth it. A lifetime of work can have a goal that you achieve that makes it all worth the wait. If your patience is wearing, and your body and mind are tired, just know that around the next corner could be your ultimate goal that makes what you’re working at instantly fulfilling. I worked at writing my first book for two years and trying to get a publisher for it was tough but eventually, I ended up getting a press to publish it. The joy I felt when I received that email made my late nights of writing after my day job worth every keystroke.
Each medalist at the Olympic games in Rio and every game after has practiced countless hours to get where they are. When you stand on that stage, there’s no other feeling in the world. You conquered your physical barriers, fought through the pain, and outlasted your opponent on the biggest stage of your life. I’ve been on a podium like this, not as big as the Olympic stage, but big enough for me to have a feeling that after years of putting the time in I had finally made it to where I wanted. All in this fleeting moment, I saw the fruits of my labor become something more.
In these moments you don’t see your failure. If you keep going and never give up, there’s a silver lining to your dark clouds. Each failure brings you closer to the success that you’ve wanted. If I had given up after getting my third or fourth rejection letter I would’ve never published my first book. Each setback in your life should give you the insight to correct, revise, and re-double efforts to get to that light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you’re getting a book published, going for that promotion or job, or battling it out on a competitive stage for a win, never give up your dream for gold and success.