Yesterday’s Struggles, Today’s Victories

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

Theodore Roosevelt

A friend shared a perspective with me today on this quote being a bit of a misnomer. They proposed a counter perspective that the goal is instead to “turn yesterdays struggles into todays’ victories.”

The intention is that you’re progressing in your skill, what used to be hard is now easy, yet what is now easy is still worth doing.

A prime example is writing every day.

It’s something that’s gotten a lot easier for me, and yet even without as much difficulty it’s still worth doing.


Photo by Colin Lloyd on Unsplash.

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