Toiling Upward in the Night

I just finished reading my first book of the year, The Essential Wooden. In it, I ran across a quote in its last few pages that is one of John Wooden’s favorites (I think it’s now one of mine too).

The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight.
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Don't try to remove the toiling from your life. And don't run from it either. Reaching the heights is grueling work. You're not looking for a fast track. You're not looking for an easy way out.