It Took Me 13 Years To Reach My Goal, and I Don’t Regret It

Georgina Odafe
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3 min readApr 8, 2024


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“The only difference between a master and a beginner is that the master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”– Stephen Mcranie

You’re the first person I’m telling this.

It took me 13 years to reach A2 level in French, even though I set the goal when I was 13 years old.

Those 13 years weren’t easy or smooth.

There were months and years in between when I took a long break from my goals.

I never admitted it to anybody until now.

But taking that long made me feel ashamed and inferior about myself.

That’s what happens when we spend a longer time than others to achieve something.

The relationship between our goals and ego

“I am not afraid (ashamed) of my storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott