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The Long Haul

Ian Strimbeck


Runenation LLC

Humans will always use the easiest and most efficient route,
it’s just our nature. With that said, utilizing this concept in extreme can end
up leading us astray. More specifically, it can easily derail us from our
deepest desires and lofty goals. The growth of current technology is a
double-edged sword. On one side you have information literally at the tips of
your fingers. On the other side you have many people expecting that attaining
personal accomplishments will be just as easy as accessing that information.
Obviously, there are those out there who seem to rise to instant fame and
success. What many don’t see is how short lived it is, and how those individuals
quickly move on to something else. You
see, if something is truly your passion, the journey is what should drive you.
Money is an afterthought because you’re in it for the long haul.

With all of that said, what you decide to pursue should
obviously bring in some form of financial profit, not just costing you
dollar after dollar. On the opposite spectrum though, in those beginning
stages, you may be at a net loss instead of a net gain. Success isn’t
instantaneous and it sure as shit doesn’t come without sacrifice. The long
nights, early mornings, criticism by others, doubting yourself, utter failure,
heartache, and lost friendships. The journey is long, arduous, and continues daily. You need to understand that to grow exponentially, it requires a
dedication that the majority of people could never comprehend.

So how does one ascertain such a regimented path? Only
through developing a positive and unbreakable mind. It is through this creation
that you will be able to achieve success. The mind can be forged and molded at
birth, or through a traumatic or thought-provoking incident as an adult.
Regardless, your mental toughness will be the tipping point to your overall
success. No average individual will do the same thing over and over, week after
week, month after month, year after year with limited to zero financial
increases. You may need to have your passion as a side-hustle for a while and have a job you absolutely loathe to keep the lights on and the house warm. To get to
a point of being able to financially rely on just your passion, you may have to
get a second job to cut down on the required time of the growth curve. Regardless, there are
always options. You just may not like them.

Life is full of choices. Some are harder than others. In the
end you need to understand that if you truly have a desire to wake up every
morning and live a life you’re proud of, you must be in it for the long haul.
You must go all in and deal with the cards you’ve been dealt. No crying and
pointing fingers when things don’t go the way you want. Happiness and
fulfillment come with a price. The cost? The ability to sustain failure after
failure, blow after blow, and still with a smile, ask for more.

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