Usually when Life hits hard, there are 3 reactions. Some people get angry and resentful, they question why this is happening to them. Some try to pretend that its not happening they ignore their problems hoping that it will solve itself , which usually makes it worse. Then they are those who listen to what life is trying to tell them. They listen and then they change their approach.
Many times when I was broke and down on my luck I had to stop catch myself and see what Life was trying to tell me, and then I found other gigs by changing my approach.
Its usually when an Artist is down on his luck is where he has to make it. Life’s obstacles is it’s way of testing us, to see how hungry we are, and how badly we desire to accomplish our dreams.
as Neil Strauss once said; “In life, people tend to wait for good things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out. Usually, what you wish for doesn’t fall in your lap; it falls somewhere nearby, and you have to recognize it, stand up, and put in the time and work it takes to get to it. This isn’t because the universe is cruel. It’s because the universe is smart. It has its own cat-string theory and knows we don’t appreciate things that fall into our laps.”
Its usually when Life gets the hardest when one is closest to his breakthrough. Unfortunately thats when most people quit. In the documentary Pumping Iron, Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked about his vigorous workout ethic. He spoke of the pain period.
“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
The ability to endure this “pain period” is usually rewarded by receiving what one had desired in the first place. In order to excel at anything, there are always hurdles, obstacles, or challenges one must get past. Those who push themselves, and are willing to face pain, exhaustion, humiliation, rejection, or worse, are the ones who become champions. The rest are left on the sidelines.