Most people only really see your achievements and not the hard work that goes into making those goals reality. It’s almost as if to others your achievements are what is beautiful but to the individual, it’s the struggle that is personally beautiful. For instance, seeing Michael Phelps win a gold medal and hold it up at the Olympic ceremony may seem glorious to the outside world. Holding up the gold medal in triumph is symbolic of achievement. However, it’s the years of hard work that I would bet are the most meaningful to Phelps. It seems to be often overlooked that Phelps put in hours upon hours if intensive training for years before he was able to perform at his peak. I would be willing to bet that those years of struggle are really what mattered to Phelps at the end of the day.
I believe it is also important to note that Sigmund Freud was a famous psychologist. He understood much about how motivation drives people from a scientific standpoint. I believe this is important to note given that Sigmund Freud was a hard worker and yet he also had an abundance of knowledge on how the mind works and how people are driven to achieve. This quote really applies to everyone in pursuit of a goal, not just athletes or musicians. Sigmund Freud definitely had a unique set of challenges in his own career. Being one of the first psychologist, he must have spent years testing hypothesis’s without much previously established information about the field of psychology. Being a pioneer in such a wide open field of science certainly would not have been easy. Also I am sure there were many people along the way that told Freud that what he was doing was ridiculous or a waste of time. However, knowing that his efforts would pay off in the long run, Freud pushed on.