—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by J.K. Stieler; Public Domain)
It is a fine and noble cause to create a great vision for where we want to go, what we wish to become, what we plan to accomplish; but the vision is worthless unless we are willing to spend the overwhelming bulk of our day bringing it to fruition.
That means more than putting ourselves in the arena; it also means completing the seemingly endless hours of mind-numbing training needed to compete—and win—in the arena of our chosen industry. This is where the overwhelming majority get lost, in what T.S. Eliot called “the shadow.” But, if we persist, it is also where we grow.