The tears behind the glory

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In today’s society where thanks to a number of social media platforms, everyone can have their 15 seconds of fame, you are excused in thinking that the rise to greatness is an easy one. One minute you are a nobody sitting in your bedroom and the next, an International sensation with millions of adoring fans. The truth is…this is often not the path of greatness for many.

I watched a movie a few nights ago that really got me thinking. The story of Julie and Julia focuses on Julia Child‘s story of her start in the cooking profession and is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell‘s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book. While some people would watch this movie and just think it is a story about cooking, I saw it from a totally different perspective. What struck me most about this story was the ‘behind the scenes’ of someone wanting to achieve greatness in their chosen profession. We never really see or hear about the sacrifices, blood, sweat and many tears that go into creating a career or brand you are passionate about. I know first hand from having started Beautiful Minds from scratch that there were and sometimes still are, many days and weeks where I sit feeling isolated and frustrated. In this movie, it took Julia 8 years to secure a book publishing deal..8 long years…many others would have given up. I think the greatest message here is to really believe in what you are doing.

It is said that  80% of people give up when they have almost achieved the success they so desperately long for.

Imagine reaching a point in your life where you look back and deeply regret not having done something that you whole heartily wanted to do. It is never too late to achieve your dreams. Take these famous people for example:

Helen Mirren was 40 when she got her first major acting break.

Colonel Sanders was 65 when he started selling his chicken, which today is KFC.

Vera Wang only started designing wedding dresses at 40 years of age.

JK Rowling was 32 when her first book was published.

Stan Lee, creator of Spider-man, was 43 when he began drawing his legendary super heroes.

As one of my favourite quote states, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevel

Creating your dream life comes with hard work, dedication and sacrifice. If you love what you do, you will keep moving forward knowing that one day this will all be worth it.