“If something is worth it to you, you will pay the price required. But if you don’t want to pay the price and still want to obtain these things, you are insatiable and silly.” – Epictetus
This goes beyond the expression, ‘There is no such thing as a free lunch.’ This cuts to the heart of all worthy endeavors. Not the least of which is becoming a better person.
There is no easy way. No shortcuts. If we want anything worth having, we have to put in the work. We have to pay the price.
Success as a person, to be the best versions of ourselves, takes putting in the work everyday and at the same time accepting that there will be days where we fail. Days where we fall off the path and days where we have to force ourselves to get back on the path even if it’s just to go through the motions until we find our rhythm again.
The same is true of everything else. If we want a healthy family life, a successful career, or good friendships we have to pay the price it takes to have those things. And sometimes that is going to mean we have to choose between two things we may want. Maybe we want a successful career and a healthy family life but we find ourselves in an industry that requires eighty hour work weeks and constant networking to get ahead. We have to decide which is more important to us and the price of attaining the one thing is going to be forsaking the other. But if we are honest and we focus on the things we can control, the price is always worth it.
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