If You Want Success, Figure Out The Price, Then Pay it

Thomas Oppong
Dec 15, 2016 · 5 min read

The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become. — Charles Dickens

Everything has a price. You can’t have an amazing lifestyle without sacrificing something. Every successful person you know today has a “price” story to tell. There is no substitute for sacrifice when it comes to success. The price is the way.

A relentless obsession with achieving outrageous results has everything to do with your success. But there is a line you shouldn’t cross on your way to the top. Your reputation, principles and integrity are of paramount importance. Don’t do anything to jeopardize those.

Everybody wants to succeed at something. Whether it’s in losing weight, learning a skill, starting a podcast, writing ebooks, or starting your life’s work. For those who have tried and failed, success seems elusive. But it’s not, if you can pick yourself up and try again.

You can live the life you want, once you are willing to pay the price. With considerable, specific, and sustained efforts over time, you can do or have most things you want in life.

The rare people who do become truly exceptional at something do so not because they believe they’re exceptional. On the contrary, they become amazing because they’re obsessed with getting results.

When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.

Choose your suffering!

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly. — James Allen

The extraordinary commitment of the young Mozart, under the guidance of his father produced one of the most prolific and influential composers of the classical era. Mozart had clocked up 3500 hours by the time he was 6 and had studied his chosen profession for 18 years before he wrote his Piano concerto No 9 at the age of 21.

We all have limited time and energy, but few of us ever become truly exceptional at more than one thing, if anything at all. Choose to pursue what brings out the best in you.

The cost of giving up is much more expensive than the price of long-term fulfilment.

Doing nothing is not an option. Idleness will almost always lead to regret later. The secret to finding fulfilment, in general, is to do something of value to yourself and/or others regularly.

Comfort is the enemy!

One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. — Sidney Howard

Misery is comfortable. It’s why so many people prefer it. It’s so much easier to just sit back and criticize other people’s creations. Comfort kills potential. Your body and mind crave easy routines.

We naturally gravitate towards our safe zones. But your growth depends on discomfort. To achieve greatness, you have to push past your safe zone.

Alan Henry of Lifehacker explains:

“The idea of the comfort zone goes back to a classic experiment in psychology. Back in 1908, psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson explained that a state of relative comfort created a steady level of performance. In order to maximize performance, however, we need a state of relative anxiety — a space where our stress levels are slightly higher than normal.This space is called “Optimal Anxiety,” and it’s just outside our comfort zone.

Left unchecked, we always default toward a more comfortable path. Your comfortable zone provides a state of mental security. You can understand why it’s so hard to kick your brain out of your comfort zone.

It pays to explore new routines, paths, ideas, disciplines and new ways that can help you get closer to your life’s work and purpose.

Excellence comes from constantly stretching to reach a much higher goal!

Time, not money, is your most valuable asset

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin

To become truly great at something, you have to dedicate shit-tons of time and energy to it. People who achieve extraordinary results put in a lot more hours to practice than the rest of us. But while their performances and what they do are remarkable, there is no mystery at all about how they developed them. They practiced. A lot. Beyong the ordinary to get to where they want to be. They paid the price.

The results and success you want could take twice as long. Don’t quit because you can’t figure out the process. Don’t quit because the price is too high. If you want it bad enough, you will find a way. Deliberate long practice has a lot to do with your success than you think.

The good news is that the sheer act of practicing more and making a comitment to your long-term goal will help you along the way. The bad news is that the obstacle or the price is the only way to the top. People quit because it takes too long to see results. If you stick to the process long enough, you will see results.

Benjamin Hardy, a prolific writer here at Medium once said:

“Nothing in life is free, especially your time. Everything has a cost. And when it comes to your time, the cost is heavy. You can never get even one second back.

You can live your life on purpose. You can spend your time on things you value. You can be who you intended to become. You can continue to progress and evolve, even after you’ve become successful and fulfilled.

But the price must be payed.”

Consistent hustle always wins. Stop looking for shortcuts.

The success everybody wants takes effort, time and lots of both hard and smart work. And there are no guarantees. Its full of risks. People who are comfortable hate risks. They choose stability over maximising their potential. And that can make you miserable. Don’t choose to settle because of an expensive price.

In the real world, you don’t get anything by wishing it, and you can’t get a reaction without action. When you play it too safe, you’re taking the biggest risk of your life.

Invest your asset. There are 168 hours every week. Let that sink in for a moment. That is a monumental amount of time. Where could it possibly go? If you really want to do what have to do to make you a better person, you will find, create or make time for it. Nobody said it will be easy. But it’s not impossible.

The price of success is much lower than the price of failure. How much is success worth to you?

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