The Struggle

Saturday, July 28, 2012

You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.”

Julien Smith, The Flinch


“The energy it took to exit mother’s womb is the same force required to manifest a dream…a different kind of struggle. Push, push, push!” ― T.F. Hodge
From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”


“What we respond to in any work of art is the artist’s struggle against his or her limitations.” – Saul Steinberg

“Even if you can’t draw to save your life. Even if you didn’t go to the right uni­ver­sity. Even if you’re not that good at making money. Even if you have an ave­rage IQ. Even if you can’t get ven­ture fun­ding. Even if you weren’t born insa­nely talen­ted at something. Even if you have to wait tables or bar­tend for a cou­ple of years…Cir­cum­vent, relent­lessly.” – Hugh Macleod


“When you set down the path to create art, whatever sort of art it is, understand that the path is neither short not easy. That means you must determine if the route is worth the effort. If it’s not, dream bigger.” – Seth Godin,
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.”

Shelby Steele


“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” –
John Steinbeck


You tend to hear about startups when they are successful but not when they are struggling. This creates a systematically distorted perception that companies succeed overnight. Almost always, when you learn the backstory, you find that behind every “overnight success” is a story of entrepreneurs toiling away for years, with very few people except themselves and perhaps a few friends, users, and investors supporting them.”  - Chris Dixon


“The message I am getting from this is that living my whole life as a writer, writing for years and years meant nothing. Growing up as the annoying kid on the street who wrote plays and tried to force peers to perform them, going to screenwriting seminars, blogging daily (exercise) for 12 years, staying up for days and days to finish scripts was a waste of my goddamn time…” Kelly Oxford


“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.” ― Albert CamusThe Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays


“Maybe the truth was, it shouldn’t be so easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder–if not impossible–to lose.” ― Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride


“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.” ― Thomas Paine


“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” ―
Rosa Luxemburg


“O snail

Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!”
Kobayashi Issa


Struggle is the food from which change is made, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it’s right in front of your face.
Now, I know that might sound a bit simplistic. But, too often we’re led to believe that struggling is a bad thing, or that we struggle because we’re doing something wrong. I disagree. I look at struggle as an opportunity to grow. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you’re willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle.”Danny Dreyer


“Writing is really just a matter of writing a lot, writing consistently and having faith that you’ll continue to get better and better. Sometimes, people think that if they don’t display great talent and have some success right away, they won’t succeed. But writing is about struggling through and learning and finding out what it is about writing itself that you really love.”
― Laura Kasischke


“As beauty lies in eyes of beholder, struggling lies in reaching further. ”
― Santosh Kalwar


“If you truly love someone or something and the love seems to fade and die, never, a thousand times never let go. If you hold on despite the hardship not only will the love return, but it will regenerate in such a way that you have something tangible to show for your struggle. No one will be able to to take it from you.” ― Ryan Crowe


“Never believe for a second that you’re weak, within all of us we have a reserve of inner hidden strength,” ― Victoria Addino


“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” ― Yvon ChouinardLet My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

“Marriage without struggle is like an unfired clay pot. It is easily made, but it will not stand the test of time.” ― Allan WolfThe Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic


“Most of us try to do too much because we are secretly afraid we will not be able to do anything at all.”
― Rick Aster
Fear of Nothing


“You can’t truly appreciate the top if you’ve never hit rock bottom.”  ― Vanna B.


“It is the first vision that counts. The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other… for no two visions are alike, and those who reach the heights have all toiled up steep mountains by a different route. To each has been revealed a different panorama. ” ― Albert Pinkham Ryder


“The Professor never really seemed to care whether we figured out the right answer to a problem. He preferred our wild, desperate guesses to silence, and he was even more delighted when those guesses led to new problems that took us beyond the original one. He had a special feeling for what he called the “correct miscalculation,” for he believed that mistakes were often as revealing as the right answers.”  ― Yoko Ogawa
The Housekeeper and the Professor


You can tell people of the need to struggle, but when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.”
Leymah Gbowee, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War


“For something to be great, there has to be some kind of trial or some type of struggle that actually makes it special or valuable to you. Otherwise, anything could be easily taken for granted.” ― Hayley Williams


“If she[…] had known how much her first half-inch beginning to let go would take – and how long her noticing and renouncing owning and her turning her habits, and beginning the slimmest self-mastery whose end was nowhere in sight – would she have begun?” ― Annie DillardThe Maytrees