10,000-Hour Rule: Malcolm Gladwell claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
I believe that anything worthwhile in life requires a toll. Not the toll that requires you to pull quarters out of a sticky cup holder. Nope. This toll requires blood, sweat and delayed gratification. The time and energy required to be worthy of your dream. The effort it takes for your talent and ambition to finally align and turn you from an amateur to a pro.
Only when you've given your idea or craft a proper toll, can the operator let you enter. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel a whole lot better. As if every failure or setback is part of my payment. There have been several moments on my path where I imagined turning back is a lot easier than pushing forward. But then I remember all the payments I’ve made. I remember all the books that will never see the light of the day. The hours of sitting at a computer smacking the keyboard in frustration. I remembered all the nights of working on the next scene and sacrificing going out with friends to pursue something bigger than myself.
I imagine that most people stop making payments on their goals. They turn away from the toll booth. If they had known how close they were from the gate opening....Maybe they wouldn't have stopped paying their toll