“Percentage wise, it is 100% easier not to do things than to do them.” — John Mulaney
The work will be hard. It’ll be draining. You’ll be tired all the time. You’ll be working harder than you’ve ever worked.
And the work won’t stop. You’ll go to bed at midnight, having put in a full day of work, and you’ll wake up the next day with just as much — probably even more. It’ll just keep coming at you, work day after work day, and the only way to deal with it will be to keep going, deeper and deeper into work that won’t ever end.
You’ll be an emotional wreck. You won’t be sure that what you’re doing is right, and your friends will probably tell you that you’re crazy. Most days, you’ll agree. You’ll be a bad break away from a nervous breakdown, or a big break away from floating on air, and you’ll never be sure which way the next 90 minutes might take you. You will never feel like you’re standing on solid ground.
You will feel alone, and you will feel helpless, and you will feel scared.
You will want to quit. You will tell yourself that quitting is the way out.
And then you will wake up and do it all again the next day. You will want to quit, but you’ll be even more scared that quitting might take you to an even worse place.
So you’ll keep going, day after day, hour after hour, task after task. You’ll lose the ability to tell the difference between a step forward and a step back. Soon, all you’ll be sure of is that you’re taking steps — but you’re not sure where they lead.
The work will make you question everything. The work will bring you to tears. The work will hurt.
The work. It will take everything you have to keep it from crushing you.
So, just… don’t. Don’t do it. Not doing the work is the easy way out. Not doing it is the sane way out.
Unless you want to do something really great. In which case: You’re going to have to do the work. It is the only way.
And yes, you’re going to be tired, and scared, and totally unsure of yourself.
But you’ll be doing the work, and there won’t be a single thing you’d rather do than that.