Note: This post is part of the #Trust30 project—an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages us to look within and trust ourselves. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders. Today’s prompt via Ashley Ambirge.
Most of us love a good surprise. We spend a good amount of time dreaming of accomplishing some difficult task or winning when the odds are low.
We dream of summiting a mountain, finishing a marathon, or earning our first million.
And we imagine that moment of triumph with, “I can’t believe I did it,” tumbling from our lips.
But achieving the remarkable is rarely a surprise. It’s unromantic, but true. Greatness almost always comes from planning, hard work, and consistency—not dumb luck.
The mountaineer who summits a difficult peak will feel that triumph as she watches the sun rise from atop Kilimanjaro, but she knows it didn’t happen by accident or luck. Rather, she took the hard road of planning, training, and consistency—and it paid off.
Those times when greatness is achieved through luck, and surprise is truly in order, are the much-discussed exceptions.