I have this concept of the “bar”. The bar you have to jump over to reach success.
In anything worth achieving in life, there is a bar.
In most cases, it is somewhat high. But it is never impossibly high. But the bar is always there, and it is always where it is. It’s simple. It’s the bar of entry.
There are two kinds of people. Those who are complaining that the bar is too high, that it’s not fair, that someone did something to them and because of _____ they will not be able to reach the bar, or the bar ought to be lower, or the government / corporations / bank / landlord / aliens / schoolteachers / parents / children / chemtrails / devil took too much from them so they cannot reach the bar.
And there are those who realise that while those things may indeed be true, focusing on them is a misdirection of time and energy – because you cannot do much to change the bar, but you can do a great deal to improve. These people are the ones simply working with full focus to become better, stronger, smarter, faster, leaner, more efficient, more knowledgeable, more brilliant…. so that they can get over the bar.
Every day when you wake up, you have a choice. Every moment in fact, it’s in your hands. Which of those two people are you going to be? There’s the bar. What are you going to do about it?
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“Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” – Booker T. Washington
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
“Some give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.” – Herodotus
“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone Chairman