Do you have a grit?
I recently read the book Grit by Angela Duckworth talking about the fact that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but focused persistence called grit. She described it this way: “Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery followed by a lot of development and then a lifetime of deepening.” I can hardly agree more with this notion. Playing the piano was a fun discovery in my 4 years old mind. Then I realized over time that this passion required a lifetime of deepening. What people behind the shining concert stage seem to forget is that it precedes daily grinding in discipline as a pianist, working long hours every day without those shining lights. Sometimes I wish that it were easier too. Then at the same time I appreciate and find relief in the fact that there is no end to the fascinating journey of a pianist that I chose. The truth is that the act of pushing forward for something seemingly almost impossible at times is incredibly satisfying and fun. What about you? What are you discovering in your passion? What are you developing? What are you deepening? Each process of your passion hides one thing for sure - keep going.