New York City will push you in every way a person can be pushed. From the moment you step out of your apartment in the morning to the commute home and every moment in-between. It pushes your limits, your buttons, your strength to stay positive, your patience and on a crowded rush hour subway ride, it pushes you physically. Maybe that is why they say, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”. This is why every young and ambitious person should spend a year in this city. You learn to push yourself physically and mentally to a level which is unreachable and completely unknown when living in your comfort zone.
The alarm buzzes at 5:30am and even though you’ve had a mere 6 hours of sleep (if you’re lucky) you throw your feet out of the warm cocoon which is your bed. You hit the gym in the morning because you work so hard all day, skip your lunch break and leave the office when the sun is down. Repeat. Einstein once said the definition of insanity is, “doing something over and over again and expecting a different result”. While this may be true for most scenarios, Einstein never lived in New York in the 21st Century.
You meet people who are fitter, younger, more successful and have connections in the City from generations of family doing business here. You question how you can even compete with that, but dwelling on such things only pushes you down and holds you back. In New York, your focus must lie on how you can push yourself harder tomorrow to reach that next goal, to get that job or promotion and to not let the city push you out. When the City pushes, you simply push back even harder.