Spasmodic Hercules and the Inevitable Success

“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.” -Anthony Trollop  

I'm reading Steve Martin's "Born Standing Up" right now, which is about his early career as a comedian. It's clearer and clearer to me: greatness is not complicated, it's just stubborn.

 

Fail, fail, fail again. Over and over.

 

Learn. Improve. Increment.

 

Get better.

 

Then fail again.

 

Steve Martin is 67 years old, well loved, and gets to make his art every day of his life for an adoring audience.

 

It's so easy to see success at this stage and want to step right into it, to skip over the nasty grimy difficult first 10 years. That's why so many people give up, I think. They give up because they think it's supposed to be easy.

 

But it's not.

 

It's hard as hell and there's going to be bruises along the way.

 

AND

 

At a certain point, success is inevitable.

 

Be stubborn enough and the universe will yield.

 

I promise it will.