Why are You Trying so Hard?

It’s 3am and you’re alone at your desk. You’ve just hit your second wind on a project that’s taken almost three months of consecutive long nights to accomplish. Sometimes you push through meals; you wake up early to get back into the zone; your world is a testament to how much you want this: a groundbreaking dissertation, a competitive LSAT score, a 1 billion dollar company — you’re hungry.

But why? It’s a question we ask ourselves at Nootrobox often. 

Why keep striving to be the best?

Why push yourself to innovate further? Why go so damn hard all the time? 

It’s a fundamental understanding that there are people who in their lifetime, will change the world.

We all play roles. Many of us decide to be adjectives or nouns; a few try their hand at being verbs. Then there are those who strive to carve sentences, pages and even whole chapters in life. There are those who’ve come to change the game—the visionaries, the titans, and the pioneers—these are the folks we all want to be.

It’s a smaller subset of the population that dream this big, and that work this hard to get things done. You are a member of that select few. 

Commitment Breeds Excellence

Actor Will Smith said something we’ve come to love. Referring to his ambition he notes:

“The only thing that I see that’s distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on the treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me. But if we get on that treadmill together, there’s two things; you’re getting off first, or I’m going to die—it’s really that simple.”

Combine this never-surrender attitude with the understanding that life can be about making lasting impact; and that’s a big picture plan for not only hitting your goals, but actualizing your best possible potential.

The Rat Race

Some people may view hard work as being caught up "in the rat race." Seeing the world that way is just an excuse. Nothing bold or impressive ever happened without hard work and commitment. The best way to get to the next level at whatever it is that you want is to work harder and smarter at your current level.

So keep hitting your stride. It’s worth it. A life where you become your best self is a life well lived. 

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