A common narrative about talented artists and entrepreneurs is that their success comes effortlessly.
But alas, this is a malentendu. (French, from mal entendu, misunderstood, from mal badly + entendu, past participle of entendre to understand, interpret, be attentive.)
Steven Pressfield debunks this myth in The War of Art.
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
Even if someone gave you the exact plan to build a successful company, you would still need to feel accountable to do the work every day. That’s when your biggest competitor is yourself. It’s easy to skip a day.
Even the smartest, most talented, and most organized amongst us have to do the work. We’re all human, after all.
I hope you work hard. Happy Sunday!