Everything you want to do in life has a cost associated with it.
The cost could be monetary, time or personal. In order to get something, you will need to give something of yourself.
To offer something to others also comes at a cost. We expect that cost in some circumstances (a parent giving their time, energy, love and resources to their child), but fail to see it in others (the dignity lost to a family when they take charity for the first time — which is something I’ve seen a few times).
Whenever I read about a person who has become successful at whatever they are doing, I always look to see what price they paid.
Did they sacrifice having a family? Perhaps they sacrificed the family they did have.
Did they spend time barely getting by, eating scraps from wherever they could get it?
Did they forego vacations, luxuries and any comforts to their life?
How is their health, physically and mentally?
What cost did the world have to pay?
Everything we do and everything we want has a price. If you want it, you have to be willing to pay for it in advance.