Later in life when a certain level of achievement and success with that thing has been realized what then? This is the period where things are moving along. No big cracks in the foundation. A bit of cushion is all around providing a sense of ease and comfort. It is easy to be complacent, to let up some, to yield to the slack that you may have let creep into "the thing."
So I am here to offer my POV on "the thing." No matter what your thing is, it is yours. It belongs to you. You birthed it. It is yours to do what you want. So if you want to keep it, may I suggest you own at every life stage chopping the wood and carrying the water. If you don't, someone or something will step in and chop your wood and carry your water. That which belongs to you.