What Is Hard?


Hard is relative. Hard means something different for each person. You know what hard is. Hard is that place you don’t want to go to because, well, it sucks.

“I’ve got news for you, son, life is hard.” As a kid, I would cringe any time an adult made this statement. How was this supposed to help? Where was the solace in the knowledge that things WILL be difficult? I came to understand that there was simply no avoiding the inevitable—it was best to just deal with whatever “it” was and be done with it. (If you’ve got to swallow a toad, you don’t want to stare at it for too long.)

When it comes to doing those things in life that we’d rather avoid, there’s simply no sugar coating the task at hand with flowery language or insincere sentiments. It’s natural to want things to be easy all the time, to experience pleasure and avoid pain and to only want the “ups” and not the “downs.” But you cannot avoid the unavoidable.

The only way out is through. If you think about it, this is a pretty profound statement. The point here is that regardless of what you do or don’t do, things will be hard some of the time. And sometimes that elicits fear. But if you’ve ever had the opportunity to walk through one of your fears, you already know that the rewards that await you on the other side far outweigh any apprehension you felt when starting.

The reality is, taking the easy road will lead you in circles. Whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity. And with clarity comes conviction and true originality.

Starting is easy. Finishing is hard.

You know that anything worth doing comes with challenges and risks. It’s in this awareness that you find the motivation to walk toward the place that scares you knowing you may fail, but also knowing you have the potential to succeed.

So the next time the going gets tough, Dig In! Because you can’t achieve something you’re unwilling to work hard for.