As sad as this is, in almost all cases it’s true. Winner takes all.
Think of whatever field and look at what the difference between what first and second is. If you look at Golf or Tennis, the prize money difference from first to second is huge. Winning ‘The Voice’ as opposed to coming second is almost as if you never competed.
Whatever it is you are doing, and you know you are called to do, be the best. Do everything you can to be the best in the world at it.
It may take years of behind the scenes study and hard work. There will be plenty of sacrifices you have to be ready to take. Whatever you have to do, do what it takes. It will pay its dividends.
Go hard, or go home.