Kicking a ball up the hill

I am sat at my desk pondering what to write in today’s blog and I’m distracted by a kid, who is only just a little bigger than the ball he’s trying to kick. We live on a hill and, yes, he’s trying to kick it up the hill.

Initially, it did not go well and he spent a good deal of time chasing the ball down the hill and fetching out from under cars. But sooner or later he found a solution, he changed his tactic from big hoofs to smaller kicks and smartly enlisted other kids to fetch the ball when his kicks went astray.

Enthusiasm and a willingness to try different approaches again and again until he learnt was the solution and he solved it very quickly given his age. The other lesson was don’t do thing’s alone, we are not meant to always struggle alone, collaboration is definitely the answer to many things.

Once you get there

Once you get there, once you make it, once you’ve been noticed it’s easier to get stuff done, make a success and look good. Well, maybe.

One of my favourite people on the planet, OK maybe a little exaggerated, is Seth Godin, who has launched a new podcast called Akimbo, and of course, I listened to the first episode as I love his stuff. I just read his daily blog, which I do most days, and he mentions at the end that the 3rd episode of his podcast is now available. He then adds it’s already in the top 100 podcasts in the world.


And shit, I’ve been podcasting weekly for nearly 2 years and only my mum and a few die-hard freelancers listen. OK, so actually a lot more, but last time I checked we weren’t in the top 100. Umm perhaps my contents shit or I’m missing something, or who knows…maybe I need to carry on getting even better.

The fact is, it is easier for Seth now, but he’s put in a lifetime of creating businesses, podcasts, blogs, books, courses and so on. He’s been blogging every day for a decade, he’s written many best selling books and most of all he’s kept showing and getting even better.

That’s what we all forget, the persistence that is needed to get to that point where it is on the surface easier when you get there, the hard work behind the scenes that no one knows about when a person isn’t well known. Seth will no doubt tell you that he still has to work hard and I am sure he does, but the decades of showing up and persistence brings its rewards and the compound effect means, the rewards get better as time goes on.

So I think the message is, it gets easier over time, but not in a blink, we all have to keep going and showing up. We all need patience and dedication to our causes, whatever they are. But there are no easy fixes.