The reason I like reading biographies so much is because I enjoy hearing about all the crap great people had to deal with. I wish I had a better reason, but that’s pretty much it.
Nothing is more motivating than hearing how people thrived despite failed relationships, being fired, being embarrassed, being ignored, being made fun of, being told they’d never amount to anything, etc. To have someone just keep GRINDING after all of that, never giving up, is tremendously inspirational to me.
First, it makes my challenges seem small. But second, when I do face adversity and challenge, it makes me feel akin to great people. It’s like a sign that you’re on the right path. It’s not really, because you might not be on the right path, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is progress, motion, and…action.
With all the change in my life right now, one thing I’m asking myself is who my fellow grinders are. It’s remarkable how easy it is to tell if someone is one or not. If they are, they simply can’t stop doing something. Maybe it’s not the smartest thing, or the best thing, but they’re never content to just watch TV or play video games for weeks, months, or years at a time. Those are grinders, and I respect them greatly.
I’m making a list of them that I know, and I’m going to be spending more time with them. More texting. More motivational chats. More sharing of projects. More cross-pollination of energy and ideas.
If you’re a grinder, I suggest you do the same.