You did your best. You give it all you got. The finishing line is within reach. No one is ahead of you. Yes! You can make it. Your hard-work, blood sweat and tears have finally bear fruits. Then, life happens! Someone pushed you from behind. You fumble and you fall to the ground. As you struggle to get up, the person has taken your position and crossed the finishing line. They are celebrating! All you got to show for is nothing but a bloody knee and a mouthful of sand.
You believe in honest living. You believe in hard-work. Put in sufficient hours and effort, nothing is impossible. Wrong! Some people cheat their way to success. While you struggle, staying up late, sacrificing health and social life, just to keep that dreams of yours alive. The darkness seems forever. Whatever that you have gained is either fleeting or insignificant.
Why should you try so hard when everyone else is cheating their way to success. They even rubbed their success into your face. Taunting you. Teasing you over your path of honesty.
You are tempted to join them. What is the point of an honest living when all you experienced is nothing but disappointment and frustrations?
As you are being tempted. Think and consider again. To enjoy the success that you want, you must earn it. There are just no short cuts. Yes! It is easier to cheat your way to success. Nevertheless, each success comes with a cost.
An honest living is also a form of success.
You sleep better. You may be frustrated and failed all the time. Sometimes, failure keeps you up at night. You can still fall asleep knowing that you have done nothing wrong. You do not need to worry about unexpected phone calls, strangers knocking on your door and letters from the authority. One of the many best things in life is to have a good night sleep.
You built a reputation. People see you as a go-getter. An honest go-getter. You may not be as successful as your counterpart. You would still attract good people into your life. Ask yourself, would you want to hang out with someone who cheats to success or someone who never stops trying?
You live a fuller life. You may not become as successful as you have imagined. Let failure and frustrations be the fertiliser of your life. You are able to withstand more frustrations and setbacks than any other people. You will not break in the face of small setbacks as you have sailed through worst storms.
When you finally in succeeded. The success will last longer and you would have appreciated the rewards even more. Many of us will not be wildly successful, but it should not stop us from finding little joys that made up in our life.