The Pressure of the Result

In a commencement address, actor and comedian Will Ferrell shared his story of struggle to find success (success which- tangential comment here- he identifies in this same address as his wife and family). 

One line stood stood out to me:

Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result.

This reminds me of something my mission president taught me: let the Lord worry about the results.

Worry almost always centers around results. But we should remember that results are on the Lord’s To Do List, not ours. Ours simply consists of the “process of [our] search,” a process that is much easier to enjoy when we are free from worrying about results.


“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

-Helen Keller

“If you have determined to live righteously, don’t become discouraged. Life may seem difficult now, but hold on tightly to that iron rod of truth. You are making better progress than you realize. Your struggles are defining character, discipline, and confidence in the promises of your Father in Heaven and the Savior as you consistently obey Their commandments. May the Holy Ghost prompt you to always make decisions that fortify your character and yield much joy and happiness.”

-Elder Richard G. Scott