How Hard Can It Be?

People who take something on and think, “How hard can it be?” almost always find the activity unexpectedly difficult. This is because you can’t take on something competently unless you’re motivated. If you love what you’re doing, it doesn’t seem hard at all — or if it does, only in the sense of a challenge which you’re excited to master. If you’re indifferent to, or dislike, what you’re doing, then it’s going to seem even more difficult than it actually is. Motivation is the fuel of competence. Motivation is not enough, by itself, to excel at something; but it’s the “emotional power button” that charges all of your abilities to their limits.