I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to a new series we are starting called, “Don’t Forget the Struggle.” Often we see someone who is successful in business, athletics, politics, or the arts and we don't consider what it took for them to get to the pinnacle of their career. It can be easy to look at the three pointer Steph Curry drains and think it must be easy! He’s an NBA player after all. He has the resources, time, and training to be that good! I believe this type of talk is an excuse we use to let ourselves off the hook for not achieving success in our given arena.
Many of us have seen the graphic of the iceberg below:
What we think is the iceberg showing above the water is in reality tiny compared to what lies beneath the waves. When we see ultra successful peoples incredible actions we are merely seeing the culmination of all the hard work that laid the foundation of their success.
I believe we can learn applicable lessons from these people’s struggles if we dig into the backstory, dissect the struggle they all went through and see how they overcame them to reach their goals. With that information we can apply the same principles to our lives when we run into roadblocks to our goals that will come at one time or another.
I am particularly interested in individuals who at least at one time were viewed as underdogs. I believe their stories will be most relatable to most of us. It cannot be denied that some people are blessed with God given talents that put them one foot in front of everyone else. Not to say they don't have struggles of their own but I think we can learn more from the underdogs.
I do not have a timetable or length to this series as their are many who could fit into it the theme. I already have a list, some gathered through readers input, but if you have any suggestions of who you would like us to write about please let us know!
I am excited to begin this series and I hope you will benefit from it as much as me.
J. Matthew King, Co-founder