Okay, so I wrote that line into a keynote address I gave over the weekend. I talked about working through hard things in life--and writing--and how we can become better authors as well as people by doing so.
This line came near the end, when I was talking about how a lot of things in life (athletics, band, writing) don't seem to have any pay-off until the end. You spend hours on the field or in the pool, hours with the clarinet in your mouth or your fingers on the keys, hours at the computer or with pen and paper in hand.
And there's still no reward. The practice is not rewarding. It's just hard.
But that the final result is the payoff we're looking for. The band concert. The swim meet. The published book. Sometimes it's easy to get lost among the trees in the forest. Very easy.
I talked about Michael Phelps a lot. I showed them this picture:
And I said, "This is the kind of face you need to have. The one that says, "I dare you to tell me I can't.""
Have you got your game face on? Is it hard to practice when you don't see the payoff as immediately as you'd like?
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