Now it’s clear that hard work is the not-so-secret recipe for success.
And it’s crucial to realize why, know whether what we do is worth it and how to give our best so that we can get what we want.
In the first part I wrote about the role of purpose and passion in our lives, and how important it is to love the work we do in order to have great results.
Here are some other things to consider:
Go the extra mile
Not only do you have to work, but you need to do it more than others.
Leo from Zen Habits has been writing on his blog while having a full-time job and a family to take care of.
He didn’t have any free time. So he was working on his project early in the morning, during his lunch break, and late in the evening.
And he made it.
There are tens of thousands of examples of hard workers out there who’ve achieved a lot.
Programmers and app developers haven’t slept a lot while working on something new they were passionate about.
Top musicians didn’t get there in a year, it took them countless hours of practice.
You need to realize that hard work is the only way. And you shouldn’t fear it.
Instead, learn to work with it. To always have in mind your vision and why you’re doing all that.
Here is what Tynan says about that:
“Equally important is realizing that you will not reach your goals if you don’t work harder than you currently know is possible. When I was twenty or so, I was cocky. I told plenty of people that I’d be a millionaire by twenty-five. It was so set in stone that I would be a millionaire that I didn’t really even try. I was special, and people like me became millionaires. Special or not, I didn’t become a millionaire because I didn’t work hard enough at it…
Your mind must accept a very absolute truth: if you work extremely hard, you’ll probably get most of what you want, but if you work an average amount or less, you will not get what you want.”
And Napoleon Hill summarizes it this way:
“An important principle of success in all walks of life and in all occupations is a willingness to ” Go The Extra Mile “; which means the rendering of more and better service than that for which one is paid, and giving it in a positive mental
attitude. Search wherever you will for a single sound argument against this principle and you will not find it, nor will you find a single instance of enduring success, which was not attained in part by its application.”
Sacrifices have to be made.
It may be your free time, your savings, hobbies, nightlife, energy, sleep, or else. But it’s inevitable.
In order to have the body you want, you’ll need to give up on the food you’ve always loved.
If your dream is to be a writer, you’ll need to write all the time, every single day.
And when they’re not writing, most of the successful people in the niche are reading or coming up with ideas.
“Work seven days a week. Weekends are for suckers. Are you REALLY telling me that you’re not going to work on weekends just because everyone else takes those days off? Are you really THAT bound to the whims of the masses?
Work as many hours as you possibly can each day. Again, 9-5 is for suckers. Wake up when you want to (same time every day), go to sleep when you want to (eight hours earlier), and plan on working for almost all of the hours in between. I recommend one or two hours of reading every night because I’ve found it helps me sleep better, inspires me, and teaches me stuff that helps with my work. This is part of working smart.
But this doesn’t give you much time to do anything else, right? Yeah, that’s the point. The default should be working all the time. When you start off, this is especially true, but once you love work you can give yourself a lot more leeway, because work will be your favorite activity. Once you get there, you’ll effortlessly maximize your time, because your innate priority will be for production.
Can you take breaks? Yes. But NEVER for low-quality consumption.”
That’s how people do it. At least those who make something big out of their lives. And I believe anyone has the potential to do it.
Make it a habit
The best way to enjoy the fruits of your hard work is to make it a daily habit.
Only this way will you stay consistent and see results.
After all, it won’t matter if you do the thing you love and go the extra mile only for a few days. Even a few weeks won’t take you anywhere.
What precedes success is discipline and learning how to get up every day and do the same thing – work on what you believe in.
Soon you’ll get used to it. And when it becomes a part of your lifestyle, you’re on your way to mastering it.
Another thing I need to mention is some people’s ability to spend hours on something without actually doing any work.
They lack focus, they’re thinking about completely different things and that’s why they get nowhere.
Being productive means working smart. Doing only the things that are important and eliminating everything else.
And nothing here works better than the way Tim Ferriss uses the 80/20 rule.
After figuring out the things that need to stay on your list and the activities that bring you the biggest results, you’ll no longer feel overwhelmed.
And here is some other stuff you can check out in order to become more productive, to actually get things done and achieve more in less time:
With these two posts I tried to cover the main things you need to know about being a hard worker.
Never forget that it’s all worth it because you’re working on something that matters, that has a future, that can change your life and have an impact on others.
Start working hard now. And make it your lifestyle.
That’s when you’ll feel more accomplished than ever, will find meaning in times and places where you thought it didn’t exist, and when you’ll feel happy, contented and proud of yourself.
And the best of all, is that eventually you’ll realize you’ve never worked a day in your life. As doing what you love can never be considered work.
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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