This might be a terrible comparison but bear with me

Yesterday, in the interview, I was talking to the head of the company about how long it’s taken me (and is still taking me) to gain traction as a writer.

“Yeah, but here’s something to think about,” he said. “They found in prisoner of war camps in North Vietnam–and this might be a terrible comparison but bear with me–they found that prisoners who just focused on the fact that they were going to get out at some point–didn’t matter when–faired better than guys who said things like, ‘I’m going to get out by next year,’ or, ‘I’m going to get out by Christmas.’ Those guys went crazier sooner. They didn’t understand that it’s not about setting a timeframe, but having the patience and determination to see it through to the end, no matter what.”

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