The beauty of working hard is seeing the eventual result that comes with it. No one would work hard a day in their life without cause or result. When I finally finished Legacy: G.L.O.W. after over two years of working on it, it was probably one of the happiest days of my life. It was the first book I had ever finished and just getting it done told me I could do it again when I was ready. Not only that, but now I had a finished product I could send off to agents and publishers to try and get put on a shelf. As much as I hated the working hard part of it, the good of the results far outweighed the bad of the process.
And that process, it's a beast. When you're grinding on something, it feels like you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's work and work and work and work. The worst part is, you don't know if what you're doing is good enough because you haven't seen the results yet. It's enough to drive you mad. Sometimes I wish there was an easier way to write a book, that I didn't have to sit at my laptop while a blank page stared back waiting on me to make the first and last move. Without the hard work, it doesn't get done. Sometimes even that thought isn't enough to convince me to put the time in.
So what is? For me, it's dreaming of what the finished product could be. A published novel. A full-time writing career. Maybe even enough money to singlehandedly take care of my entire family. Putting smiles on the faces of millions.
I can't see any of that if I don't do the work placed in front of me. Back to the grind...