Think PROGRESS, Not Success
“The next level, by definition, is something you can’t see and you can’t understand.”
~ Eben Pagan
Think of “success” as a constant state of progression, not a material or stagnate state of physical reality.
Unfortunately, many people (particular young, ambitious types) have this compulsive need to “be a success;” to somehow attain a state of financial prosperity or fame that’ll magically dissolve all of their problems in life and validate their existence.
Don’t be like this: stop thinking that you’ll eventually reach a point where you’ll be allowed to stop grinding and instead, become fascinated with the process of mastery and the acquisition of expertise, continuously growing for the sake of growth itself.
The reality is, the more successful you become, the harder you’re going to have to work to maintain that level of success…it brings with it larger challenges you’re going to have to deal with as part of the territory.
Remember, in modern, Western culture we tend to be consumeristic and “ends-oriented” in that we believe objects and commercial goods will lead us towards personal fulfillment. But in historic traditions of various Eastern cultures, people tend to be masterful and “process-oriented” in that they’re encouraged to train diligently and find fulfillment through the gradual proficiency of a distinct craft or discipline (such as martial art).
So be a master, not a consumer: think in terms of gradually improving from where you are now and of disciplining yourself to make minor adjustments and improvements OVER TIME. That’s a way more reasonable, realistic, manageable and sustainable approach towards success than having some ideal fantasy in your mind of one day “making it big.” ~ fin
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“As an artist, I feel this book strengthening in my creative side…particularly when it
comes to selling and promoting my paintings. I like the chapter on procrastination most.”
~ Katheren P. (Painter and Nurse)