During the Pursuit of a Dream, All Things Are Messy, Difficult and Frustrating Right Before Success Strikes. Never Quit on Your Dreams

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“All things are difficult before they are easy.” Thomas Fuller

The pursuit of success often makes you feel like Sisyphus, stuck in Hell, pushing a ball up a hill, only to have it roll back down.

Another metaphor I like, that is spot on, is thinking of the pursuit of success like climbing a never ending flight of stairs. Each step represents another obstacle to overcome, another mistake to learn from or another “no” in on your journey to a “yes”.

Success is not for the meek. It requires a warrior mindset. When you have a warrior mindset, each one of the steps you must climb is an enemy you must defeat.

It takes years to get to the top of the stairs. Only the most persistent are able to make the climb. But once you get to the top, an amazing thing happens – you’ll find an elevator waiting for you to take you the rest of the way.

Things are always harder at first. The beginning is always a struggle. But, in time, things do get easier. You learn, you improve, you gain experience, you grow and get better. Eventually you figure out what to do and what not to do.

You see evidence of this all the time. Someone toils and grinds away at something for years, perfecting their craft. Then, someone in the media exposes their greatness to the world. Suddenly, they find themselves riding the elevator, becoming another overnight success story.

  • Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975. Six years later, he managed to land a contract with IBM, who decided to use his operating system for their computers. It took another five years before Microsoft made enough money to go public in 1986, making him an overnight success worth $350 million.
  • Sam Walton was turned down over and over again by banks for desperately needed loans to grow his company. Eventually, a bank took a risk and loaned Walton the money to expand his company. Now it’s one of the largest corporations in the world. It seemed to happen overnight, but it didn’t.
  • Walt Disney’s first cartoon business went bankrupt and he had a nervous breakdown shortly after creating the now-infamous Mickey Mouse character. He borrowed $50,000 on his life insurance policy to fund his Disneyland concept and then faced unrelenting “no’s” from deep-pocketed TV studios who refused to fund his Disneyland concept. But, after many “no’s”, one studio (ABC) finally said “yes” and just a few years later, Disneyland opened, changing Walt Disney’s life forever.

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”



  1. Sherry on October 31, 2023 at 10:37 AM

    I agree with this article. If you don’t put in the effort then you don’t get any of the benefits! I tell my family this all the time. You are the one that makes the change to be great or to get lost in the crowds.