Have you ever given up on something because it was too difficult?
I stopped playing tennis after practicing for five years because I felt I was nowhere as skilled as I should be for someone who has clocked in as many hours as I have.
I practiced every day for several years, competed against other schools, and even hired a private coach.
It seemed like everyone around me was more consistent than I was in their strokes. They knew how to move their feet and keep the ball in play. I couldn’t keep up.
Keeping this website going is probably one of the hardest things I do each week. I really started to notice how difficult it was just over a year ago.
It’s not easy to come up with new topics that I believe to add value after I’ve already published over 120 articles to date on this site alone. I wrote about the struggle to publish every Monday morning here and I still feel tested each week as I spend hours brainstorming, writing, and editing.
That’s not all.
When I first entertained the idea of starting my own business I almost immediately shrugged it off. There’s no way I could do that, I told myself. It’d be too risky. I should keep working as an employee and gain more experience before I was “ready.”
Besides, why take the heat and shoulder 100% of the risks when I was in a good spot? I was comfortable where I was and quite content. What good would it do to swing for the fences?
My biggest fear was that it’d be too hard.
Every time I get discouraged, I try to remember that it’s supposed to be hard.
No one said it’d be easy. Things rarely are.
Each time someone “makes it look easy” is when you should applaud the loudest. That person is actually performing a magic trick or an illusion. There are a lot of moving pieces in the background and they’re juggling a lot of balls in the air to make it look simple. They’re at a level of mastery that took years of behind-the-scenes work.
You see an article appear on this website every Monday morning at 4am Arizona time sharp. Shortly after, if you’re subscribed, you get an email delivered to your inbox straight from me at 1pm Arizona time the following day.
It all runs like clockwork and if you refresh the page at the right time, the article appears fresh off the presses. It’s cleanly formatted, complete with a carefully selected image at the top.
But what you miss is all the heavy lifting that went into getting that post in front of you today. You wouldn’t have ever heard of me or this site to begin with if I hadn’t put in the many grueling hours of marketing this website and building an audience.
You wouldn’t be reading this very article if I hadn’t spent tons of hours coming up with these topics and putting thoughts down into words.
As for my business, there are days where I feel like I’ve made a horrible mistake stepping out on my own. At times, it’s too scary and uncertain. It’s stress that I’ve never felt before.
But simultaneously, I’ve never felt more alive or rewarded. To my own surprise, it’s actually working out really well and I’m in an even better spot than I was before.
How difficult it is to run this website is worth it because it brought me to my dream job which eventually led me to my business. It’s all connected.
It’s hard. It’s trying. The ups and downs come in flux so rapidly that I sometimes blink and miss the transition. I wake up and find myself on the opposite end of the mood spectrum.
But no one told me it was going to be easy. It’s supposed to be hard.
If it weren’t, everyone in the entire world would be successful, happy, and content with their lives. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, so we’ve got to do what we can to increase our odds of crafting the lifestyle we want.
That means you’re not allowed to blame external factors for your shortcomings. You’re not allowed to blame macroeconomics, politics, or whatever new excuse you came up with this week.
It’s supposed to be hard, so get to work.