What is the price of your success?

Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.  -Arnold H. Glasow

What is the price of your success?

There are sacrifices that need to be taken. There are changes in life that you need to make. There are changes in mindset that you need to adopt.

But really, what is the price of your success?

Time. There is no overnight success. We marvel at an overnight sensation, someone who made it at American Idol or The Voice, not knowing the time they put in to perfect their crafts. We seem to forget there is such a rule called 10,000 hours to mastery.

Energy. You need to put in the effort to do it. Success comes from freaking hard work. And it comes from you being persistent, doing the same boring routine day in and day out. It’s about you doing the right thing regardless of the seasons of the year.

Learning. To succeed, you need to keep on learning. The world is forever changing. What works yesterday may not work today. And it will definitely won’t work tomorrow. Someone, somewhere, would come up with a brand new innovation. A better way to do things. A faster and cheaper alternative. A disruptive technology. A whole new world. To stay ahead, we have to keep abreast.

Social. When you put in time and energy in pursuing your dream, there’s no time left for mindless social gathering. Your non-empowering friends would start to desert you, or worse, bring you down, for you are becoming different from them. Someone whom they longed to be, and yet didn’t have the courage  and persistence to pursue it.

Success is a long and tiring road. At times, you may to give up. But think back. Think back on the reasons why are you pursuing it in the first place.

It is a lonely journey going up. It is a long journey going up. But trust me, when all is said and done, it will worth every single effort and time you have put in.

What is the price you have paid to achieve the success you are having at this moment of time? What else could you do for future success?

Meng

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