Greatness isn’t Sexy
Greatness is Hard Work and Stressful
If you stop at a little league game, and talk to the players afterward about what they want to accomplish in their baseball careers, you will hear the same thing over and over. They will tell you that they want to be a great ballplayer, the greatest ballplayer, the star of the team. But statistically speaking, only .029% of little leaguers will make it to professional status, and even fewer will ever achieve the coveted status of great ballplayer.
With all of those hopes and dreams, why do so few ever go on to achieve greatness? It’s because greatness isn’t sexy, greatness is hard work and stressful.
Many Dream of Greatness
At any point in life, there are those dreaming of becoming great. The flawed thinking is that greatness just comes to them, and they get to bask in the glory of it. From the outsider view, we don’t see what went on behind the scenes; we see the feel good story of the poor boy that pulled himself up and went on to become the best.
But for many, that dream of greatness will never be more than a dream. For many, the idea of working for greatness plunges them back into mediocrity where they are comfortable to stay.
Few Achieve Greatness
The idea of greatness is sexy; the reality of being great is far from it. The reality is that in order to achieve greatness, you have to work really hard. Once you’re there, you have to work really hard to maintain it.
Take Mark Zuckerberg for instance. The CEO of Facebook says that he’s in the office 50-60 hours per week. But as soon as he wakes up, he’s working and he works until he goes to sleep.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. He used that as motivation to practice harder and longer; throughout his career he was known as the first one to the gym and the last to leave.
Jimi Hendrix is argued as the greatest guitar player of all time. He practiced 10+ hours per day, and literally never plaid his guitar down; he even took it to the bathroom with him.
Tiger Woods started golfing at the age of 3. As he grew up, he practiced 4-5 hours every day and it still took him 17 years to win his first championship.
For those who want to be on top, you have to think about being on top. That means in order to achieve greatness, you have to put in 5 times as much work as the ordinary person does. Is that a sacrifice you’re willing to make? Because greatness isn’t sexy; it’s a lot of hard work.
But what about those that achieved greatness and basked in its glory? These are the people we don’t really hear about after a while.
Lee Iacocca took over Chrysler after being ousted from Ford. He was mad at Ford, and worked hard to take their competitor from floundering to profitability. He did so in a few short years, and long before he retired in 1993 Chrysler was nothing but mediocre because he didn’t persevere.
Billy Beane grew up with “natural” talent. He learned to play baseball early, and was one of the few high school students to bat over .500. He tried to ride the wave of greatness and after being drafted to the MLB he couldn’t bat over .300. Most have forgotten his name.
Have you heard of the curse of the lottery winner? It is estimated that over 70% of those that win the lottery will be broke within 5 years. Greatness that is suddenly acquired doesn’t last, and often results in a huge downfall.
How to Achieve Greatness
This isn’t supposed to turn you off from striving to be great. It’s supposed to put you in the right frame of mind to achieve greatness. But remember, greatness isn’t sexy. And if you want to get there, you have to be willing to work hard and deal with a lot of stress. Once you have achieved greatness, you have to work hard and deal with a lot of stress to stay there.
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