This morning, I pulled into my part-time gig at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, which shares a runway with the commercial airport. A plane was taking off, and I just stopped and watched it until it was in the air and out of sight.
Something struck me about that moment. There were no crowds. No banners waving. No confetti.
When the first airplane lifted off 115 years ago, people stood in awe. They were mesmerized. Captivated. But before long, the incredible became the mundane. No one cared anymore.
Despite the lack of crowds and applause, thousands of pilots still take off, fly, and land planes every day.
When you embark upon something new, you may have a large cheering section, eager to encourage you and give you high fives. But before long, the crowds dwindle and enthusiasm wanes.
It’s okay. This is your journey, not theirs. If you’re in it for the praise, you won’t be in it for long. Do what you believe is right. Do what leaves you feeling fulfilled and grateful and what makes your heart want to burst at the seams. If you’re in it for the right reasons, accolades won’t matter.
How do you stay motivated when no one cares about what you’re doing? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment!
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