The Iceberg Illusion: How People Often See Success

I saw this picture on Facebook today and I thought it perfectly represented how some people look at other people’s success.  Some are quick to label successful people lucky. But here’s the real story behind the “luck.” It’s the process and struggle of success people often never see.  People only see the end goal, the glory, the monumental win.  They don’t see the dedication, hard work, persistence, discipline, disappointment, sacrifices, and many failures it takes to reach “success.”  I think the picture below, titled The Iceberg Illusion perfectly represent my sentiments.

the iceberg illusion of success

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Netflix enthusiast, horrible speller, jiujitsu hobbyist, weekend drinker, and occasional poker player. Favorite quote is "[o]ut of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."