Success is more like treading water than floating. You don't find success and stay there, you constantly fight to maintain it and achieve more.
Paul Jarvis does a much better job explaining this in his great essay, The 1% of a long-lasting career.
Successful seems to imply there are no downs to the ups. Successful seems to imply that you actually figure shit out and it stays figured out.
I care more about longevity than success. Longevity implies that at least some things are working, at least some of the time, with enough momentum for the good bits to outlast the bad bits. Longevity means not that what I’ve figured out will stay figured out but that I won’t ever stop trying to figure shit out.
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