Here is the truth.
To live is to fight, for this world is but a hurricane of challenges all aimed at you.
If it ever becomes too much, if you get down on your life, you will look for encouragement.
And you will not find it.
Everyone puts on the appearance that they want the best for you, that they want you to succeed.
But in reality, the thing they least want is you to succeed.
They want you to fail!
When you start to change your life, people will notice it.
They will not like it. We all get used to placing people in certain ‘categories’. You’re showing them that there is more to you than they thought. That instead of letting life define you, you are defining life yourself. You’re literally fighting for life and this makes them uncomfortable because they didn’t (and once they realize it, they know it is too late!).
Endure. For it is the same for 99% of the people, they get grounded up into comformity and become bewildered as their lives become more and more joyless. They will feel threatened by you. You may even want to stop your metamorphosis by how uncomfortable it is to others you knew and even for yourself.
But those who stop can never realize their dreams and so never can be truly who they are.
The more successful you become in life, the more and more people will despise you. No one despises the innocent Nice Girl who happily takes orders. But everyone envies the one who knows what she wants and takes it.
All your married friends… they want you to fail. They will whisper in your ear that you should do like they did.
All your friends… they want you to fail. They will confer to you that you ought to shrug off these ‘ideas’ of yours. “Live like us!” they will tell you.
Most people remain static all their lives. They do not change and cannot change. They are basically the same now as they were five years from now.
But YOU are totally different, for now you have improved and refined yourself while they stayed the same in their vaporous habits.
Imagine they are gathering in a circle around you and your life. They are all taking bets on when you will stop and fail. And when you do, they will let out a sigh of relief and say, “Thank goodness!”
People do not want you to succeed, especially people you’ve known your entire life. They want you to stay the same or fail.
Their lives can only succeed by seeing you fail.
For nothing can overtake the power of Endurance!
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated failures.
Endurance alone is power ultimate.
You and I have come a long way…
Our journey has just reached the crossroads of tough decisions and some hard ones have to be made.
These decisions will hurt you and your loved ones.
But it is only temporary.
You are in it for the long run.
A life just begun living , with miles to go, many milestones to cross.
We are more than the sum of our parts.
We are the sum of our endurance.
And promise me that we will not let others define us any longer.