Being a Pro is About the Long Game
Becoming good enough, let alone world class, in anything can take four, seven, twelve, twenty years or more.
Are you willing to invest that time?
Can you maintain your motivation for that long? Self-belief? Your drive?
Can you sustain yourself financially? Are you able to lose your job/contract and still show up, do your work at a high level, and have an impact?
Early on, the road to becoming a professional is filled with many more downs than ups.
Most quit after a few failures and never taste the spoils of victories. These poor souls are too distraught by the results of today than focused on staying in the arena so they can keep playing the long game.
Author Joyce Meyer showed she knows about the long game by asking, “I wonder how many times people give up just before a breakthrough — when they are on the very brink of success.”
Don't rush becoming a pro, because if you do, you won't be a pro for very long.
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm