There is a key element to success that not all people understand: struggle. Struggle is a key element of getting ahead. It exists in quitting smoking. It exists in losing weight. It exists in getting a promotion. It exists in building a business. It exists in making more money. Any time you look to advance yourself you can bet that struggle will play into the equation at some point.
For Mark Cuban it was living in an apartment with 6 other guys eating ketchup and mustard sandwiches. For some it might be living without pay television, internet and not eating out for a year or more. For others it might involve walking to work instead of driving.
I have joked in the past that anyone can work a home budget of $5000 per month, but it takes talent to live for a couple of weeks on $20. You know you’ve lived the struggle when you can live in a major metro area and have the skills to stretch that 20 bucks to its max!
Most people are afraid of the struggle and they don’t know how to handle it. Which explains why more people don’t reach their personal goals. It’s not laziness. It’s not lack of motivation. It’s not lack of education. It’s fear. They fear the struggle. They fear the ‘what if’ part of success that says ‘what if it doesn’t work out?’.