Imagine being interviewed after already being "successful" and being asked the question, "was it hard?"
Well no... And yes
Hard is relative and people want to believe that no one else can do what they can do. But building up habits one by one are easy to do. So, in that regard, building the habits necessary for success should be easy.
If you told someone that all you have to do is work on yourself for 10 years and then you might have guts to do what you already know you need to do, then is that easy or hard?
If you start from near the end, then it is relatively easy. But it is still hard to stop procrastinating, still hard to manage third parties, still hard to get the money to do it. But it is not as hard as being on the front line in a war zone, it is not as hard as physics A-level, it is not as hard as talking to girls if you are shy.
It is not easy or hard, it is just a journey. From wherever you are starting there will be hardships.
If you come from a poor background and lived on the streets before becoming a millionaire then the media will love the rags to riches tale. What if you were middle class, got "trapped" in a corporate job and then made a million in a side project?
But which is harder? Having the drive and benefit of nothing to lose. Or notching up a gear after coasting through life and having a privileged lifestyle that you don't want to lose? Which is riskier? Which is harder?
Either one provides lots of excuses not to try, lots of excuses to quit along the way.
Is it hard? The only answer should be, "does it matter? Do it anyway."
Do it badly if you need to, but do it anyway. And do it every day.
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