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Sun Up, Sun Down

By: Michael Blankenship |

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”

— Dwayne Johnson

The grind.

The hustle.

Putting in reps.

When people say these things, we know what they’re talking about. 


Success doesn’t come from one moment…

…it comes from showing up every day, doing the work, and being prepared when opportunity comes your way. 

You have to take action. 

Think of consistency as building a path of opportunity to your front door.

Every time you finish a painting, pitch a cold email, step into the gym, or put on your running shoes…

…you’re laying one brick. 

After years of laying bricks, you’ll look up and see a clear path of steady work that leads opportunity straight to you. 

People of power, influence, and possibilities recognize your well-built path and eagerly follow it to meet its architect…


You might have caught these people’s eye by a chance encounter, but it’s your hard-earned body of work, your meticulously crafted path, that truly convinces them of your worth and potential.

  • Tavi Gevinson, as a teenager, began a fashion blog called “Style Rookie.” Her mature insights and distinct style quickly garnered a significant following. Her consistent posts led to attention from major fashion industry figures, and she later founded the online magazine “Rookie.”
  • Justin Bieber was discovered by Scooter Braun through his YouTube videos, where he consistently posted covers of various songs. Braun was impressed by Bieber’s talent and introduced him to Usher, which eventually led to his record deal.
  • Charles Bukowski, despite years of facing hardship in low-wage jobs and writing without much recognition, consistently penned raw and candid tales of everyday struggles. His persistence caught the attention of publisher John Martin of Black Sparrow Press, leading to his eventual rise as an iconic American literary figure.

Here’s the raw truth:

Each brick you lay?

It’s not just effort…

…it’s a statement

It screams discipline, resilience, and pure grit.

Others see a path…

…but you know every scar and victory behind each laid brick. 

Waiting for the perfect moment? 

Not if you want to succeed. 

With consistency, you’re not waiting—you’re building opportunity.

Ideas?….. So what, everyone’s got them. 

Execution?….. That’s the game-changer. 

What sets you apart? 

The relentless drive to show up, day after day.

Your real legacy isn’t just the path but the fire that drove its creation. 

So, embrace the grind, lay that brick, and let the world come rushing.

Opportunity will knock. 

And you’ll answer the door.

This Week’s Image

This Week’s Riddle

I have many layers but I’m not a cake. You might find me in a closet but I’m not a snake. I can help you get ready for an event, but I’m not a mirror. What am I?

This Week’s Journaling Prompt

Out of all the consistent actions you try to maintain for your personal or professional growth, which is the most vulnerable to disruptions? Why? Find out the reasons behind its fragility and how you can reinforce its importance, create safeguards, and prioritize it in your daily routine.

This Week’s Challenge

Identify one action you will do consistently this week. It can be as simple as making your bed every morning. Do it daily and mark it on your calendar to track your consistency. Reflect on the experience after a week.

Riddle Answer: Stack of clothes

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