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Apr 15, 2019 14:39:21

The cost of success

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 340 words | 193🔥 | 193💌

Brandon Wilson

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When you make the decision for success, you don't negotiate the price. Greatness costs what it costs. --Matt Morris, author of The Unemployed Millionaire

I was Valedictorian of my high school graduating class. Granted, my class size was only 114, but I still managed to be at the top. I'm not bringing it up to brag. I was going to pretend to have a friend who was Valedictorian and tell my story and thought why not just tell the truth.

There is a price for success. There is a price to be the best. And it costs what it costs. There is no negotiating once you make the decision that you want to be the best. In the case of being at the top of my class, it was a heck of a lot of work. It was no missed days of school. It was no missing homework assignments. It was lots of reading and writing and paying attention in class. 

I have my mother to thank for a lot of my motivation. I'd bring home a report card with all A's and a B and she would ask, "What's with this B?" I'd bring home a report card with all A's and one A- and she would ask, "What's with the A-?" I'd bring home a report card with all A's and three A+'s and she would ask, "Why aren't the other ones A+'s?" My grades were never good enough. This is one reason why I worked relentlessly to be the best.

It's a long way to the top of you wanna rock 'n' roll. --AC/DC

Some people want shortcuts to the top. They want to be the best without putting in the work and paying the price to get there. It's not going to happen. It's fine if you want to just be good at whatever you are pursuing. Nobody says you have to be the best. But if you have made the decision to be the best, be prepared to pay the price. No negotiation. 

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    @brandonwilson

    a wise user once commented that marriage was expensive because it was worth it. haha

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Apr 16, 2019 01:36:46
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      @abrahamKim I know that only vicariously because I've never been married.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 15, 2019 19:01:51
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      @brandonwilson - would the same logic apply to divorce?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 15, 2019 23:19:19
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    @brandonwilson - I feel like you ought to have your own business. It feels like your mindset is meant for an entrepreneur.

    It's interesting that you were going to write as though it was a friend and decided to just do it as the truth. I struggle with those type of decisions too but I thought was a cultural thing.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 15, 2019 17:53:41
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      @keni I'm glad you noticed. I didn't always have this mindset. I have been cultivating it over the last two years or so when I discovered The Matrix we all live in. Part of communicating ideas is determining the best way to tell the story. I have become more comfortable with whom I am and not hiding facts about myself.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 15, 2019 19:04:02
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