Have you ever thought why there are very few great people? I think there is probably only one great person out of 10,000 at best, and most probably much less than that. But why? Most people want to be great, right? Why are there only very few of them? Here is the reason:
Most people do not pay the price of greatness
I think this one is quite obvious. Now, the next question is: why not? If there are so many people who want to be great, why only very few of them actually pay the price? The answer to these questions explains the difference between the almost 100% people who want to be great and the much less than 0.01% who actually be so.
Now I understand why. The reason why very few people actually pay the price is this:
The road to greatness is continuously painful for long time
Greatness requires sacrifices and there is no sacrifice without pain. The kind of sacrifices required for greatness is the ones that make the process continuously painful for long time. If you want to be good it will be painful only every now and then, and many people can still handle it. But being great is a totally different level. The pain is much deeper and it is continuous. Very few people can endure this kind of pain and that’s why there are very few great people. Most people naturally choose things that bring pleasures to them. It’s unnatural to choose pain over pleasure, let alone doing it continuously for long time.
But that’s what I believe is the secret to greatness:
The secret to greatness is choosing pain over pleasures continuously for long time
Very few people can do this and that’s why there are very few great people.
I want to be honest here. I’m ready to pay the price of being good, but I still can’t pay the price of being great. As I said above, it’s a totally different level. Enduring pain in several occasions is okay for me. But choosing pain over pleasures continuously for long time? I’m still not ready.