Us, as people, go through our lives consuming media (movies, TV-shows, anime) that have clear transition points in the story. The character is introduced, some conflict happens, the character grows and rises to the occasion, the problem is resolved. The stage of the story is explicit, however, reality isn’t like this. We, as people, go through each day very much similar to the day before and the day before that. It is only until we consciously decide that something needs to be different that it has a possibility of changing. It doesn’t happen by accident.
Everything big starts with something small
Looking at the biggest organisations in the world, the most influential people in history, they all start somewhere. A false reality is created because we only see the end outcome. The difficulty and the time it takes for something great to develop is overlooked and is largely considered an ‘overnight’ success but in reality it is a series of extremely small and seemingly insignificant wins that build up over a long, long time that results in what the public sees. The ‘overnight success’ we see are an aggregation of long hours, perseverance through up’s and down’s behind closed doors. I’m currently going through this every day and it allows me to get a greater appreciation for what it takes to actually make a difference in the world.
‘A person with a why can bear any how’
Anything that is worth while doing will be difficult. If it was easy, everyone would have done it and the satisfaction of doing something difficult (but meaningful) far exceeds those that require close to zero effort. Additionally, the road ahead when pursuing meaning will no doubt be difficult but it is those individuals that persevere that have the highest chance of winning. If you don’t fight, there is no possibility of winning. In moments of difficulty, remembering why you started in the first place becomes the driving force. Why am I trying to learn so many things? Why do I want to make a difference in the world? Because it provides my life meaning and fulfilment and a sense of satisfaction that what I’ve done is influencing people in positive ways.