As in how long will it take until people will start to notice?
As in how long will it take until I'm successful?
As in how long will it take me to change the world?
I don't know.
No one really knows.
But what I do know is that if someone told me four years ago how long it would take me to get to where I am right now, how much energy I would need and how many failures I'd have to go through, then I'd probably never have started. And you'd probably not be reading this.
But on the other hand I would probably not have believed that person anyway. And I would have done all of this nonetheless. I would probably just have thought that it's some kind of joke, that it's another one of these naysayers, one of these status quo lovers. And that I'll succeed right away. That I'm different. That I'm going to change the world.
But it turns out he or she wasn't joking. Turns out he or she would have been right. And after four years every single day still feels like I'm at day 1. Some days feel like I'm getting closer to day 2. But most days feel like day 1. Most days feel like I'm just getting started.
So how long will it take?
No one knows.
But a better question is probably this...
How much time do you have?
How much energy do you have?
And is it really worth fighting for?
Is it really worth sacrificing my entire life for it?
If you say yes to the last two questions, keep going.
If you say no, reconsider.
Because no matter what you set out to to do in life, everything will take pretty much the same amount of hardship. The same amount of doubt. And fear. Everything will take the same amount of struggle. The same amount of punches in your face. No matter how big or small the thing you set out to do.
Ok. Maybe not the exact same amount. Because there's one tiny but really important difference...
If you set out to do something small, something that isn't bigger than you, then it'll be a lot harder to get up in the morning when you feel down. When you feel like no one needs you. When you feel useless and want to give up.
And the bigger the things you set out to do and the more you do something that's bigger than you, that serves a bigger purpose, the easier it will be to keep going. To get back up again when you've been punched in the face.
Because you're not doing it just for yourself. You're doing it for everybody else out there. And then you will feel like you have to keep going. No matter what. You owe it to the people. To the world. Yourself.
And the smaller the things you set out to do, the harder it'll be to keep going. Because it'll always feel pointless. And useless.
I don't know. Maybe it's just me. But that's what helps me to keep going. That's the only thing that helps me to keep going. That's the only thing that helps me to get out of bed every single morning.
The belief that someone is listening. That someone cares. That it might help someone. That one day I will be where I have to be. Even if no one is listening. Even if I'm the only one listening.
If no one believes in you, you'e gotta believe in yourself.
Because if you don't believe in yourself, then no one else ever will.
It all starts with you.
And ends with you.
So how long will it take to change the world?
As long as it takes to change yourself.
So probably a whole life...