The difficult lessons learned are worth more. The value is relative to the experience. I have never appreciated anything that came easy or cheap. Have you ever seen a Teenagers car? The majority of their cars I see in middle class communities are full of disorganized “stuff” in the backseat, the outside hasn’t been washed in weeks, the wheels are curbed and bumpers scratched. Now in comparison I can tell you when I see a new grad that has purchased their first “grow up” car that bad boy is detailed out and parked in the far corner of the parking lot to avoid door dings. Now why is that? Cars are expensive and at the most expensive consumer purchase behind purchasing a home. The typical situation in the suburban area is that at 16 the first car is handed down or given to the new driver. The first big boy or big girl car is earned, payed for by the hard work put in for the biweekly paycheck. It is valued and because so; it is cared for.
Now that is a bit of a ridiculous example but in all honesty I think this concept transcends in to all aspects of life. No overnight success lasts. There are no secrets to get rich quick. No 30 day diet/exercise plan will accomplish impressive goals. The truth is if you set out to accomplish anything worthwhile it takes work, it’s the process that makes the victory taste to sweet. Cheap stuff breaks. A 7 day Juice Cleanse will not invoke a lifestyle change. Most athletes with signing bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars end up declare bankruptcy. The individuals that make a change in the world spend a tremendous amount of time working for free before the sun rises. Don't get discouraged. Keep going. The results and pay offs will be worth the effort.