1/ The success you see others experiencing is rarely as sexy as it appears to be.
7/ The results of success are usually public and highly visible, but the process behind success is often private and hidden from view.
8/ The deception of success is greater now than ever before because social media curates the best, happiest and biggest moments to show us.
1. The success you see others experiencing is rarely as sexy as it appears to be. 2. People naturally want to share the most photogenic version of their life and seldom discuss the process behind the scenes. 3. When an entrepreneur talks about making $80k/month, they neglect to tell you about the $65k in expenses. $15k/month profit is still a great life, but it's not the $1M/year lifestyle you thought that person had. 4. When a company talks about raising $7M in funding, they neglect to tell you about tensions with investors or lack of profits. 5. When someone posts a video of themselves squatting 500 pounds, they rarely talk about training 5 days a week for a decade. 6. The results of success are usually public and highly visible, but the process behind success is often private and hidden from view. 7. The deception of success is greater now than ever before because social media curates the best, happiest and biggest moments to show us. 8. When your screen is filled examples of the strongest, richest, and smartest, it's easy to overvalue the outcome and undervalue the process. 9. You start to think there are people out there who have somehow "hacked life" such that there are only rewards and no consequences. 10. But you can't cherry pick your favorite parts of a lifestyle. When you choose the benefits of an action, you are also choosing the drawbacks. 11. If you want to be a celebrity, you can't only choose the fame and fun. You are also choosing the hassle and public ridicule. 12. If you want to be an author, you can't only choose the finished novel and book signings. You are also choosing months of lonely typing. 13. If you want to be a bodybuilder, you can't only choose the muscles and attention. You are also choosing the boring meals and calorie counting. 14. The great trick of success is that to actually achieve it you have to want the public rewards and the hidden costs. 15. Maybe jealousy and envy would fade a little bit if we knew the full story behind success. Maybe we would be less likely to put people on a pedestal if we could see the process behind the results. 16. As Naval Ravikant says, if you're not willing to "100 percent swap with who that person is, then there is no point in being jealous." 17. I've written a lot more about the process behind success. If you'd like to read more, I'll post a few articles in the comments that are a good place to start.