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Do we really want success?

David Sherry
1 min read

If you could "make it."

If you could reach the top peak of everything you ever wanted to accomplish.

Right now.

In the snap of your fingers…

Would you?

Would we be happy with this grand achievement, if it came without effort?

I'm not so sure.

Except that this is entirely backward.

It is entirely backward, because why WOULDN'T we reach everything with a snap of our fingers if we could?

Isn't that the reason we're working towards something anyways?

And if our decision was to say "No" to this offer.

Then why?

One possibility is that we glorify the struggle.

SO much so, that if you were to be the smartest and most efficient person ever, to achieve massive success in a moment (or even an hour), we would feel that we cheated ourselves from the thing we wanted; to struggle.

Or to be seen as someone who struggled?

Another possibility is the idea of the "journey" as the reward.

You may be nodding your head to this.

That, when asked the question, you didn't want to be cheated out of the journey.

And that the achievement was really just the cap of this experience.

So on one hand, we glorify struggle.

On the other hand, we wish to be on a journey.

The crux of this problem is seeing that this question was asked at the extreme.

And when this question isn't extreme, but instead on a spectrum...

Could it be possible that our comfort in the current phase of the journey has kept us from going further?

Couldn't it be possible we're saying "no" to some progress, for fear of rapid achievement?

Or that our story about struggle keeps us seeking it.

And are there places where you've been offered success, but because it was so immediate and easy, you were uneasy about accepting it...?

xx David

Mastery and Craft