One reflective but rage-filled Google user choked back their fury long enough to search the following insightful query:
My answer: Yeah, Kind of. In the long run, hate will almost always undermine excellence.
The best people in any pursuit or profession are usually obsessive. They work crazy hours because they’re doing what they love. They don’t fill out mental timesheets, counting down the minutes until they can ditch the task or check it off the to-do list. Instead, they get so caught up in work that it doesn’t feel like work at all. For the greats, profession and passion coincide.
You can’t just enjoy the knowing, the being good, the destination you’re seeking.
You have to enjoy the learning, the becoming good, the voyage you’re taking.
Even in math class, excellence is a journey, and natural ability is only a starting point. If you don’t like to drive—if you keep asking “Are we there yet?” every 45 seconds—then it doesn’t matter how fast your car can theoretically go. You probably won’t make it too far.
Loving math—or at least enjoying it—isn’t everything. But a little affection for the subject makes it a whole lot easier to thrive.