I Am Slowly Learning That Working My Ass Off Does Not Guarantee Success

A girl reaching success
Unsplash / Brandon Young

I am slowly learning that working my ass off does not mean I am going to be rewarded, but that cannot stop me from producing as much as possible. I have pursued this career path because I am passionate about what I do for a living. Even if I did not get paid, then I would be following the same trajectory. I do not need attention to feel validated. I do not need someone to continuously pat me on the back and remind me I am valuable.

I am slowly learning how frustrating it is to be denied the recognition I have fought so hard for — but I am not going to spend my limited time on this planet complaining about how unfair the world is. I am not going to whine about how I should be getting paid more, getting celebrated more, getting rewarded more. I don’t feel like I am owed success. If success happens to come my way, I will be thankful. I will be appreciative. I will consider it a bonus.

I am slowly learning I am not going to wake up one morning and magically have everything I have ever wanted. I have to work my ass off. Not for days. Not for months. Not for years. For decades. I can never stop hustling. I can never take a break, even if it feels like I am already exceeding expectations. I cannot compare my journey to the people beside me, because their capabilities are none of my business. I am only going to aim to top myself. I am going to push myself further every single day.

I am slowly learning the only reason I want to reach success is because I have earned it. Not because I argued my way to the top. Not because I knew someone who helped advance my career. Not because I got lucky. I want to deserve my success. I want to say that I worked my ass off for years to get to my final destination without stumbling, without complaining, without creating a toxic environment for the people surrounding me.

I am slowly learning that, even though there are going to be times when I wonder whether I am moving forward or hovering in place, I should not be hard on myself. I am doing the best I can. I am working hard. I am working nonstop. I am not going to criticize myself, I am not going to wish I was achieving more, when I am doing everything within my power to reach my dreams.

I am slowly learning that working my ass off does not guarenteed success, but without that hard work, there is no chance in hell I am going to reach success. I might as well try. I might as well spend my lifetime pursuing my passions, so at least I can say I am proud of myself. That way, even if I am not commercially successful, I will still feel fulfilled. I won’t feel like I wasted my time here. TC mark

Here Are The Best Inspirational Quotes of 2018 ✨

“The softest love you will ever have has always been hidden in the inside, the marrow of your own bones.” — Nikita Gill

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”— Richard Bach

“Your soul knows what to do to heal itself; the challenge is just to let it.” — Brianna Wiest

Click Here

One story, told five ways…


Meet the students of Five Points High School. You probably already know them—or at least you think you do.

Five Points is an unflinching look at the other versions of the same reality.
Catch Five Points, a new series only on Facebook Watch.

Watch Our Favorite New Show
I Am Slowly Learning That Working My Ass Off Does Not Guarantee Success is cataloged in , , , , ,

More From Thought Catalog