The key is how you push through. Sort of like being on the treadmill for 30 minutes and you push yourself hard. The last five minutes are tough as you’re so close to your goal yet the fatigue or pain sets in. You could simply give up and stop, or you can push through, endure the pain and fatigue and finish knowing you didn’t quit.
Randy Pausch, the brave and inspirational Carnegie Mellon professor and author of The Last Lecture, said it best: ““The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Such amazing words from a man who knew he was dying. Of course, he’s completely right. Nothing in life is easy. Despite the current societal malaise around entitlement, nothing good comes without hard work and perseverance.
You just have to push through.