I’m sure we can see eye-to-eye on the fact that showers are essential to existing as a normal human being. They’re pretty important.


I was just talking with one of my best friends the other day, and she mentioned that neglecting personal hygiene (like showering) was a sign of insanity. So, it’s safe to say that sane people shower regularly. Still, I hate cold showers. There’s no way around it. I just don’t find that icy burn on my skin satisfying – especially early in the morning. Therefore, I’ve been taking hot/warm showers for as long as I can remember.


However, in a paradigm shift, I had to move 2 hours away to a city I’d never spent more than 5 hours in so I could fulfill this internship that I’d been selected for. I would be interning as a blogger at one of the biggest corporations in the Caribbean. I was stoked about it! It was (and still is) a big deal to me.


There was just one catch. I had to take cold showers. The place I stayed had no hot water.


The ball was in my court now. Was I going to skip something so essential, just because I hated doing it? I’m a bit spoiled, so if it was anything else, I might have. But it was showering. I couldn’t go without showering.


I had to take cold showers.


The first one was horrible. The second one was horrible as well. It took almost two months for me to resist clenching my teeth and squealing when the water hit my skin. Yet, four months in, it was almost like I’d been doing it all my life. Now, six months later, I choose to take cold showers sometimes, even when I have the option of hot ones.


No, this post isn’t championing cold showers. In fact, there’s a lesson hidden in all of this.


The lesson is this: sometimes you have to do what you hate, to eventually be able to do what you want.


Yes, that subject you hate, that new assignment you got from your boss, or that part of your business you just hate handling, it’s all important to your success in life. Stick-to-itiveness is what the most successful people are made of – the ability to keep doing their best at something that’s absolutely necessary even though they hate doing it.


I hate cold showers. But I want to be clean.


You want to be successful. So you have to do whatever it takes, even if you hate it.