There’s a video of Katy Ledecky’s first swim meet- she’s 6 years old. The meet consisted of 1 lap. She would swim a few strokes, then grab onto the lane line. She finally gets to the end. Filming the whole thing, her dad asks, “how was it?” She responds, “great!” A few seconds go by, “That was hard!” she exclaims with a huge smile on her face. This idea of doing something that is hard is key to developing yourself and your skills. Angela Duckworth describes it as grit, Robert Greene describes it as voluntary hardship, while Steven Pressfield coins the term ‘resistance’. All of these terms express a similar idea. The Bhagavad-Gita tells us we have a right only to our labor, not to the fruits of our labor. The hardship and struggle we experience when trying something new or building a new skill is also the reward. Often times the resistance we feel is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equating. to the strength of resistance. The more fear we feel about a specific. thing, the more certain we can be that that thing is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much resistance, if it meant nothing to us, there would be no resistance.