If you are like me I am sure that you have heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day”

Apart from the bleeding obvious, how do I know that this true? As a kid I didn’t even know where or what “Rome” was! It was only “true” because I had heard it so many times, it must be true, (fake news was not a concept back in the good old days).

The inherent message here, although not exactly spelt out is that some things take time. Establishing skills in fields of sport, academia and creativity do not manifest instantly, or without some form of sustained effort and struggle.

I mean, it’s not rocket science. High achieving, successful people reach their goals by taking decisive action, (and having the opportunity to do so in the first place).

However, here is the real “kicker” for me,

unless you actually witness or experience struggle, any description, like the phrase above are mere throw away lines.

So often there is this disconnect between words and action. All too often, I feel we have become just a little bit expectant of results without having to do the hard work, the struggles, the failures, which are the vital ingredients towards achieving success and harnessing our skill sets. Often this is simply because we rarely see behind the curtain of what it takes to succeed in our chosen fields.

Furthermore, there is often a failure of those who have “made it” to share their experience and struggles to get they now sit. It almost like they suffer from selective amnesia, talking about the past brings up all of “those” bad memories? If this is the case, then I feel it is a failure to provide encouragement and give back to others.

How many of us would have continued to pursue our dreams and aspirations, achieved great success if we were encouraged to “hang it there”, were told that you “aren’t quite there yet, but you’ll get there”, or told that “I was crap when I first started”.

Rome indeed was not built in a day.

So, take your time!

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