Like diamonds, good work is a result of a prolonged period of continuous pressure.
The continuous pressure does two important things. First, it propels us to take daily action. And, second, it forces us to make sure we’re constantly learning and growing. This learning and growth, in turn, enables us to make the take better action.
Put together, this combination of daily action and continuous learning and growth make for a powerful self reinforcing combination.
Why, then, do people run away from continuous pressure? Perhaps the answer lies in the word “pressure.” It sounds stressful and negative. It can be all of that, of course. But, it can also be the kind of environment in which we thrive.
The difference, I’ve come to realize, come down to just one question – is the pressure imposed by someone else or is it self imposed?
The former creates negativity while the latter lays the foundation for an exciting, learning filled, life.