Long Time, Short Show

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I was watching a documentary on rainforests the other day and they showed this guy who waited six months up in a tree to capture the maiden flight of a rare bird on film.

That’s a long time. Total wait for the viewer? About one minute.

Whether it’s reading a biography, viewing a film, hearing an interview, or having a conversation, we’re bound to encounter short summaries of long processes.

Nothing wrong with that, so long as we remember it was a process and expect the same for ourselves.

Trouble is, many of us don’t. We hear the stories but are wowed by the results. Then we think, “I want those results too, and I want them now.”

Well tough cookies says Grandpa Dave. That’s not how life works. If you want it, you’ve got to work for it. Anything worth having requires sacrifice.

Okay, now I really do feel old and grumpy.

But next time you’re inspired by someone else’s accomplishments, think about the process that got them there. And then think about what it might take for you to get where you want to go.