The Long Game

We all have certain goals and things we want to achieve. Some want to become writers or singers, some want to own businesses and make a lot of money. Whatever it is we want to do, the motivation is usually always the same…

I) The Problem

Nowadays it is all about recognition. A number of followers or a balance on a bank statement define who we are and becomes the main purpose of our efforts.

If you are a singer and only a few people listen to your music you might feel discouraged and quit your job. Especially through social media we are constantly reminded of what we do not have and being exposed to all these success stories makes us feel like we failed at what we are doing just because things are not moving fast enough or we don’t get a lot of attention.

II) The Truth

Media in general draws a false image and doesn’t show the unglamorous failures and the hard work of these succes stories.

– J.K.Rowling was rejected 12 times by different publishers and was living in poverty with her daughter before Harry Potter earned over $ 400 million in book sales alone.

– Leonardo Da Vinci was considered a ‘loser’ and barely sold any of his art until he was 46 years old before his break with ‘The Last Supper’ in 1482.

I honestly don’t think that I would have not had the power to keep going after such a long period without any recognition so what made them continue their work for such a long time?

III) The Solution

The Secret is called Passion. Their main motivation to create was not to reach an audience or to get recognized and respected for their work. The purpose was in the work itself.

This is also called autotelic– a quality shared by almost everybody who is considered to be succesful: Van Gogh and Stephen King both spent years working and creating something every day without anyone ever noticing. Just the creative process of writing a book or painting was rewarding enough for them to continue.