Digging Wells

 

You’re thirsty.
For success, validation, respect, fame, and fortune.

You know you need to dig.
So you start a well, hoping to reach water.

You dig and you dig and you dig.
Nothing.

You start another well.
You dig and you dig and you dig.
Nothing.

You start another well.
Then another.
Then another.
And another.

Soon, you’re surrounded by shallow wells.
And none have produced results.
Despite all of your hard, backbreaking work.

You’re dying of thirst now.
You must quench it.
Fortune and glory will be yours!

So, you keep digging -
Frantically. Chaotically. Sporadically. Painfully.
Not deeper, but in more locations.

Dig. Dig. Dig.
Growing more hysteric and short-tempered by the day.
And still, no water.

Why?
Because it’s not how many wells you dig that matters.
It’s how deep you explore the one you started.