Given that you are a human who breathes oxygen, your life goals probably look something like the following:
- Do work I love
- Be with a person (or people) who makes me happy
- Have a lot of money
- Retire Young
- Be happy
These are the vague thoughts that enter your head in the rare moments of silence, when you pause for just a moment to think about your life, your legacy, and what it all means.
I adore these moments, but here’s the thing:
Daydreams have never gotten me further than my desk chair.
The US Women’s Soccer team is living a dream right now. After years of hard work, they are now basking in the glory and exhilaration and attention that come with a world championship.
But when nobody was watching, they tossed their comfort aside and showed up at the pitch.
When nobody was watching, they gave up television to run a few more laps
When nobody was watching, they put down their phones and fired shots into an empty net.
When nobody was watching, they sacrificed blood and sweat and tears.
And now they are world champions.
I’m not a statistician, but there might be a correlation there.
What you do when nobody cares is everything because at the end of it all, very few people care. They won’t see the work — they’ll see the result. And 90 percent of the time, they will take it for granted.
Heroes are forged in sacrifice. The difference between your short-term gratification and your long-term success are the little things you give up. It’s that extra episode of Game of Thrones. It’s that hour-long lunch. It’s the thumbing through Reddit.
Everybody wants to do great things.
Few people make the sacrifices.
Will you be one of them?