The post below was originally published in 2011, and it's been updated each year to reflect where I am in my life and the new...Read More
I spend a fair amount of time — when I’m tired or indulging myself in some self-pity — internally whining about how I feel like I have to work harder than everyone else to see small performance improvements — and how I have to eat less and more carefully than everyone else to lose weight.
I mean, I try not to wallow, but sometimes… I do. I wallow. I admit it.
But the trait I do have on my side is stubbornness. You can call it determination if you want to be kind. Or relentlessness if you want me to sound tough. But in its pure state, I think it’s pride and bullheadedness.
Which is why I like this quote from Runner’s World:
“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”
The same concept applies to writing. Ass in the chair, fingers on the keyboard. Keep going.