Hard Work

10 08 2010

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” (Thomas Edison)

I overheard a quote recently where someone pointed out that if you wanted £100,000 in 9 months, you could spend the 9 months doing ten thousand £10 sales, or making a hundred £1000 sales or spend the 9 months working out how to get one £100,000 sale – the outcome is the same.

I work with individuals who want more success, so a conversation about what success means to that person is not at all unusual. It may seem that it’s an obvious answer but everyone knows what success means to them. Maybe it’s more money; maybe it’s more fun and passion; maybe it’s more peace and security; maybe it’s just happiness.

Quite often there is an unspoken belief or assumption that an individual is making about what they would have to do or be in order to be successful.

Perhaps they believe that they need to become distant from their loved ones, perhaps work 7 days a week or use unhappiness as a motivating tool to become successful.

While the specifics may be unique to each person, it’s fairly common that there is a belief that success requires hard work and must be difficult. This is a formula that is used by many as a way they seek success and some people will thrive on the extra challenge and pressure that they put themselves under working this way. However, it’s not something that works for everyone, at least over any length of time.

In case you are jumping ahead, I’m not about to suggest that positive thinking alone will manifest what you want and that no work is needed. I am about to suggest that if you are always looking at the difficult route you may be missing easier options. Using the example at the beginning of this piece – maybe you are so focused on trying to make ten thousand £10 sales that you are missing an opportunity that would generate one £10,000 sale. Or perhaps you have been focusing on the one £10,000 sale and missed the ten thousand people wanting to make a £10 purchase.

So often I see the assumptions that people have made about what they will need to do to be successful actually get in their way and often stop then for taking any action. There’s a Chinese proverb, “Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”

If you want to write a book you don’t have to sit down and write chapters and chapters in one go, you could just write a couple of pages every day and see how fast it grows.

It will still require you to take action, or do some work but you don’t have to ignore the easy stuff because only “hard work” leads to success.

This week I invite you to answer the following questions:

Pick a situation, goal or area where you would like more success and are willing to explore and play with in more detail:

1. Set a period of time aside each day this week to do the following:

2.What would be one easy step to take that would move you closer to what you want?

3. If you are happy to take that step, go and take it.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the duration of the time that you have set aside.

5. Notice the difference this makes to your energy levels and to the progress you make.

Have an easy week




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