“It has many children, this Hunger. Self-doubt is one of them. As is the desire to prove our worth. To live up to—no, to exceed—the expectations. The thing about Hunger is that it’s both the reason we accept new challenges and the fear that stands in our way. The starting gun and the hurdles. The muse and the misery. And what a combination! Hunger pushes us into unfamiliar territories and compels us to find new angles on familiar ones. It throws us in the middle of a busy intersection during rush hour. It puts an egg timer on our desk, says “you know that thing that usually takes you a whole afternoon? You have one hour. Go!” And by doing so, Hunger makes us better.”
“But I’ve realized that the people that I respect the most, the people who are doing great things, are people who care so much about what they do that they can’t stop.”
Wonderful quote from the always delightful Liz Danzico. I can’t help but nod in agreement. Everyone I admire and respect the most are those people who are so intensely passionate about what they are doing that they just cannot stop. I’ve written before about the importance of passion.
On another note, and I say this without any arrogance, just an observation: I’ve often been called ambitious, but I’m not sure I see myself as an overly ambitious person. I’ve been asked how I do so much and have accomplished certain things at my young age. I was recently talking about this and I realized I don’t see this as ambition because I view these things as something I have to do. They’ve reached a point where it would be harder to not do these things than to do them. I need to get them out. While I’m not sure I’ve produced anything of lasting value yet anywhere close to those I most admire, I think it’s this same passion that allows them to do great things.