Whatever it Takes

Someone said: success is terrifying.

And it makes me wonder:

Why though?

I mean, isn’t failure far more scary?

What’s so scary about success?

And yet, fear of success is a huge obstacle for many people.

For me too.

Not when I think about it rationally, but on some deeper level of myself, I have to admit that there’s something in me that’s afraid of being as big
and successful as I dream of being.

Maybe it’s the size of my dream, because it’s inordinately large and ambitious.

But no matter how scared some part of me may be, or the myriad ways the fear will try to trip me up, I’m not going to let it stop me.

However long it’ll take, whatever detours I might find myself on, I’ll get to where I want to go.

And if I don’t, I’ll die trying.

You know why?

Because what I dream of is for the benefit of others.

And if there’s one thing I’ve discovered, it’s that I deserve the benefit that that returns to me.

In other words, I deserve success.

But I’m keenly aware that nobody is going to hand it to me on a silver platter.

Whatever level I reach, I’m going to have to build it.

Success is a privilege you earn – not a right, in the sense that the world owes you it.

You’re not entitled to success: you have the right to earn it.

Unlike that painter I met last month:

“Oh, I want to get into galleries, so that they’ll launch my career”.

Yeah but… that’s not how it works, you know.

Gotta get out there and build it, whatever career you want to have.

Nothing’s changed since our caveman days:

If you want to eat, you go out and pick berries, or hunt.

And if you want success, you go and create it.

You, the creative individual that you are, with your own two hands.

Earn it, or spend the rest of your life yearning for it.

Tough love?


Best I can give you though.

You’re welcome.

Here’s the moral of the story:

I know I deserve success, because I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

And you deserve it just as much – IF you’re willing to step up to the plate.

So as we move into 2017, let me ask you:

Are you?

Will you do whatever it takes?



Also published on Medium.

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