One year ago from today I achieved something great — a success that would allow me the freedom to make up for lost time, space, money, and even joy.

And although I’m proud of all the blood, sweat, and tears I put in to getting where I am today, my struggle is not over. It has never been, and it never will be.

Time and time again, I have been tested and challenged, and more often than not, I’m left wondering if the world is really on my side.

However, it’s this constant struggle that is and always has been strengthening my resolve, pushing me to reach my goals, and strive for more than ‘good enough‘.

Maybe it’s just in my personality, maybe it’s my strong belief in reason, or perhaps I’m just wired differently.

Twenty-seventeen was a year of hustle. Twenty-eighteen was a year of growth. Twenty-nineteen will be a year of greater achievement.

Complacency is a sleepy, steadfast contentment with the status quo. It’s based on past success. So we start to say things like, “I’m ok just the way that I am. I’m ok just doing what I’ve been doing.” And in that complacent mindset, we lose out to the competition.

Tom Flick, former NFL quarterback

The biggest dilemma we face on the road to triumph is that we have yet to figure out just how long one should struggle before one has earned the right to triumph. And once we have triumphed, who do we become then?

Jeff Chang, Total Chaos