The above quote was suggested to me by Pitbull, whose music and lyrics have traits of motivation. Let us talk a little bit about that quote. There is an undeniable truth in it. Nobody knows what it takes to get to the top, because nobody sees the guts; they only see the glory.
The guts are ugly! Nobody wants to see them. Nobody wants to see the journey travelled from the bottom of the mountain to the top. And that is the journey that the aspiring artist/musician/writer must travel alone. This is the time when nobody is buying your stuff, and nobody is showing up to your concerts. That’s guts. To show up, when nobody else is, when you’re the only one who cares about your work; when there’s no inspiration from the audience. Because there is no audience! That’s when it takes courage to put one foot forward in front of the other, and trudge forth, and climb your way to the top of your mountain.
When we watch awards shows we only see the glory. We see recognition for success. And we think “Hey I wanna be on stage! I wanna be recognized for being a great success.” But that’s the tip of the ice berg. 99% of the ice berg is beneath the ocean; it’s all effort, largely unrecognized, used to propel that 1% of achievement into the stage of recognition.
The audience just wants to see the polished and finished product, the shining star. They don’t want to see how the star was made. They don’t want know how the star was made. But the artist knows how he was made, what he put himself through, often what life put him through, against his will, on his way to the top of his career. But then again, it’s the work itself that keeps you going; recognition for living your dream is a nice bonus.
They don’t know what it takes to get to… Until you triumph!