Because he or she was wrong. Very wrong. If you got to read this quote from famous Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist Viktor Frankl, you’ll know that success, by its very nature, must “ensue,” and not “be pursued.” I now receive from a good friend a link to a very brief life lesson from radio host/producer Ira Glass, in which he develops the idea of The Gap, that is, the tough times of hard work that lie ahead of you when you undertake any creative activity.
But this little piece of inspiration made me think of another couple of videos I had watched a long time ago, courtesy of another good friend. The author is a very nice Brit bloke named Adam Westbrook, digital producer and publisher. He argues that success is a consequence of playing what he calls The Long Game, a path that does not seek immediate rewards, but rather, builds character and perfects the craft.
His first video could be summarized as, Leonardo Da Vinci Was A Loser:
Once we come to realize that Da Vinci’s “big break” came when he was 46 years old, in the sequel to this short video-essay, Westbrook looks into The Missing Chapter, which refers to the period of time that passed since the artist began his career till the moment when he was celebrated as a genius:
For those of us who are in, or trying to get into, creative professions, sometimes it is very hard to keep our heads up while the world keeps telling us that if we’re not geniuses, we should just probably quit. But if you stop to think about it, there is no truth whatsoever in that. Because, A) Some geniuses are born, but many others are made, and B) Wanting to be considered a genius without wanting to undergo the pain and hardships of actually becoming one is unrealistic, immature, childish, and just plain wrong.
So let us load up on patience and keep trying.