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No. 697 / What you signed up for

It’s interesting to hear people complain when they clearly signed up for the problem.

If you’re going for gold, you’re going to face people who are better than you.

If you’re trying to build something that hasn’t been built before, you’re going to stumble.

Or, put this way:

“If you’re sailing across the ocean and your goal is to avoid weather and waves, then why are you sailing? You have to embrace that sailing means that you can’t control the elements and that there will be good days and bad days and that, whatever comes, you will deal with it because your goal is to eventually get to the other side. You will not be able to control exactly how you get across. That’s the game you’ve decided to be in. If your goal is to make it easier and simpler, then don’t get in the boat.”

You knew what this was when you picked it up. So why complain? Contrary to popular belief, seeking validation doesn’t make it any easier. But working does…