It is possible to try to be successful at the wrong thing.
Not every path is meant for us to walk down.
Not every obstacle is meant to be cleared or overcome along the way.
Some paths are actually dead ends and some obstacles are really signs telling us to go a different way.
When nothing we try in the direction we are headed feels right, when none of our efforts, struggles, or progress make us happy, or when every step forward is a battle or a fight, perhaps we are headed in the wrong direction.
It helps to look forward at those who have gone before us to see if they are where we want to be.
If they are not, perhaps it is best for us to not follow in their footsteps.
If they do not like where they are, what makes us think it will be different when we get there?