How Do You Know When You Gave It Your All?

We all encounter and seek challenges all the time as athletes, executives, entrepreneurs, students, employees or any other domain we choose. Whether or not we succeed, as we want, at whatever we do is determined by the decisions we make, luck and the effort we put into it.

Effort, and the required grit, is the focus of an interesting tweet by Farnam Street author Shane Parrish:

Ok. And how do you know you’ve given it your all?

I think the answer is different for every individual. Personally, I believe that how you do anything you do everything. For me, I give it everything I’ve got. But if I can’t do that, then I won’t do it.

How do I determine that? With this question: Are you willing to struggle for this? Are you willing to go through pain?

If the answer is no, then you won’t give it your all. If the answer is yes, win or lose, then you will embrace the pain and come out a better individual on the other side. You see, passion isn’t about joy; it’s about pain.

Our struggles determine our successes. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend.

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