“Success” Inspirational Canvas Art by IKONICK.
When it comes to success, the result you see is just the tip of the iceberg. It is what’s under the surface that really holds weight.
Off the coast of Labrador, Canada, ocean currents take icebergs down from Greenland on their way to the equator. The path, known as “iceberg alley” intersects with international shipping lanes and can force ships hundreds of miles off-course to avoid the treacherous waters.
They know what an iceberg can do.
90% of an iceberg’s mass is underwater, hidden from view. Yet that’s what determines its path. The submerged ice takes the underwater current and travels, or it runs aground on the ocean floor. It’s both the motor and the brakes, but it can’t be seen.
People are the same way.
When you look at someone who has achieved some success, you don’t see what got them there—you only see the result. All the hard work, persistence, late nights, rejections, sacrifices, discipline, criticism, doubts, failure, and the risks they took is hidden under the surface. Yet without those dues paid, they could never have gotten where they are.
It’s the same way when you see someone who has run aground in life: It’s usually what’s beneath the surface that got them stuck. There’s always more than meets the eye, and what you don’t see holds a lot more weight.
Because the effort is unseen, the accomplishments of others can look deceptively easy. That can breed jealousy and cause people to attribute it to luck. But someone with a growth mindset knows: You are in charge of your situation. Put in the work and build your foundation. The pay-off will come.
“Success” original canvas wall artwork from IKONICK illustrates the importance of what’s beneath the surface. That’s what moves icebergs, that’s what sinks ships, and that’s what brings success.
On your path to success, people might underestimate you. They won’t see what you’ve gone through—only where you are in the moment. But don’t let up, because icebergs are always on the move. If you are heading in the right direction, be patient and focus on what’s under the surface. That’s what will get you there.