April 21, 2016

Top Example: Success is a Process

Please consider any talents and skills you have. How long did it take you to learn them? Was it a quick, simple development? Was it fun?  Please compare your answers to these statements:

  • “It took years to perfect my most prominent skills.”
  • “The progression was complicated and time-consuming.”
  • “There’s no way it was always fun, yet I felt joy in a sense of accomplishment.”

Am I right? Is that how you would truthfully answer?

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about sports, entertainment, the arts, or academics. Success, however we define that term, is a long journey. On the other hand, it is worth every tear or drop of sweat.

The Pitfalls of Ease and Comfort

In the U.S., you can order many things through a drive-through window, even marriage (in some places).  Some of us can’t seem to find the time to make a dinner with fresh ingredients, either.

Yet, is this speed useful? What are some possible results? That marriage may not last. Your body will eventually rebel against the unhealthy food you eat. In summary, you are likely to create long-lasting relationship and health challenges.

Aryan Gupta

He’s a young friend I met on Google+. As far as I know, he still lives at home with his family. He’s probably not much older than my son; he may even be younger. However, his talent as a musician extends far beyond his years. In fact, I’d say that he is as gifted as some older concert musicians I’ve heard. This means that he must have spent thousands of patient hours perfecting his craft.

Aryan doesn’t just play the piano; he plays Mozart. Why is that significant? The great Austrian composer died fairly young. However, his music is still recognized as some of the most difficult to master. 

It’s safe to say that Mr. Gupta doesn’t subscribe to the prevalent, misguided attitude: “If it takes too long, and is too hard, I’m not going to do it.” That’s a good thing! We’d all be in trouble if people like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, or Abraham Lincoln had felt that way!

That concludes your introduction to my friend. Now, prepare to be awed. Watch my friend's fingers fly as he plays Mozart’s well-known “Turkish March”:

My Conclusion

“I have seen something else under the sun.  The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”—Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NIV)

If you want the victory, you have to pay for it in time, sweat, and tears. It IS worth it!

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