I was recently standing in line to order a salad at Sweetgreen when I looked up at the wall to see a quote on it which read,
“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise” — Frank Ocean
I had been going to the same exact Sweetgreen location for nearly three months now and this was the first time I ever noticed that quote up there.
For some reason, it really resonated with me and got me thinking about the writing process.
When it comes to writing, I’m one of those people who gets very anxious to hit the “Submit” button once I finish drafting an article — And in life in general, I’m typically a very antsy person.
Sometimes, I even rush through proofreading my work because I’m so excited to just get it out there already — It’s a huge flaw of mine.
It’s as if I’m playing a game against myself where only I am the winner or the loser — As if I’m racing against the clock to publish anything and everything as fast as I can.
But, that’s obviously a terrible process.
Whenever you do something while you’re in a rush, you’re not thinking properly. Your mind is all over the place which makes you more prone to error. Mistakes are likely to be made and the outcome will probably be sloppy.
Sometimes in life, we just want to get things over with, when in reality, it’s the process that really matters.
A masterpiece doesn’t happen overnight.
Many of us don’t see the amount of time and effort that is put behind a successful piece of work or even behind successful people that make it happen.
We only see the end results, the finished product.
We overlook the fact that the person behind the success has likely been putting in the hard work day-in and day-out for a very long time— And while doing so, it may not have been as easy as they let us on to believe.
When it comes to writing, you really need to spend time on creating a strong, compelling article that will truly resonate with people.
Yes, writing is an art form and sometimes, people just want to freely express themselves through words without worrying about the meticulous process of constantly editing and revising to the point of perfection.
But, if your goal is to produce a top-notch, quality article, then you need to put in the work.
It’s a marathon not a sprint.
We must treat writing (and life) much like a marathon. The art of marathon training is a diligent process — It takes time, patience, and determination to reach a clear end goal.
Anything can happen in a span of 26.2 miles. Anything can happen in the span of the writing process. And anything can happen in a span of a lifetime.
But, the amount of hard work and effort that is put into the process is what yields a tremendous accomplishment.
If, instead, we sprint through our writing process —or sprint through life — not only will we eventually lose steam and burn out, we’ll also miss the transformative moments that we quickly sped past.
With writing, it’s a never-ending process in which you will continue to learn and continue to grow as you keep on doing it. Your work will continue to evolve, as you do.
Sometimes, the finished product comes out completely different from what you had anticipated.
Similarly in life, we as people make mistakes and then, we learn from them. That’s how we grow.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” — Theodore Roosevelt
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