Tuesday, 23 December 2008
It Should Be Easy… Shouldn’t It?
I have this odd notion fixed in my head that if you are good at something, you don’t have to work very hard for it. In practice, I know the complete opposite.
I think that ability or whatever only gets you so far, the rest is just plain hard work.
But how much should one have to work? I spent the past week non-stop studying. It wasn’t a pretty sight and it caused me to question, if I have to work this hard – I must be rubbish and I should give up now. Can it really be worth it?
But this can’t be right. People work for years on developing theories, solving problems, understanding things and by definition – they were good enough.
It’s difficult to know how much to expect or how far to push it.
I guess it’s about perspective. On one end you end up never being satisfied, always looking for the unobtainable. On the other, you set your sights too low and never push yourself.
Hmm… I guess another way of looking at it is, if something really is that easy, is it worth doing?
I suspect the things that drive you and comprise you are long fought, hard won and never easy.