Half truths don’t make success easier. They just make it possible.
I used to think hard things came easy to certain people. Now I realise hard things are just, well, hard.
Your perspective makes a difference.
I learned this from my Dad. Growing up, I saw him work hard. He worked endlessly to escape his poor upbringing. Years of 5am starts, financial problems, and personal anxiety took it’s toll: his body started breaking; his friends fell away; and his marriage was jeopardised.
My Dad worked hard for 40 years. In the worst moments, we were scared he didn’t have what it took. I know he almost quit. Almost.
Now, he is a great man. Earlier this year, he sold the company he founded and retired. Ask his team, he’s a confident, fearless leader. Ask his investors, they always knew he could do it. Ask the press, he’s a big company CEO.
He has what it takes, after all.
When I meet a founder who seems like a superhero, I think of my Dad. When I meet a founder who isn’t, I think of my Dad. Now, I know the whole truth.
Founders aren’t superheroes.
I’ll bet even Elon Musk isn’t much like Elon Musk. Just ask his kids.