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Hard work pays off
Hard work pays off
Many times people say that not "hard work" but "smart work" is the key
to success. To some extent they may be right. But we cannot avoid
"Hard Work" completely. Many videos and self help
books which are trying to sell the idea of smart work rather than hard
work is gaining popularity now a days. That is why many people fell
into the trap of get rich quick scams. No one wants to do the hard
work. Many of the trainers and counselors has a book or video or audio
which says "attract" or "manifest" success or things in your life teach
smart work. They also teach "hard work" is not a necessary to reach
the top. But just work smart. Just think about what you want and you
will receive it miraculously.
Many of us very often fell into this kind of attractive teachings and sit back and dream about the thinks what we want forgetting the things we need to do to get it. Due to which many of us are struggling ourselves in many areas of our life, especially in finance. If you ask any successful person he will testify that it took every ounce of his energy to reach that position.
Looking at the successful person who has money, power, wealth, and high paying job etc. "the person on the street" will tell you it is luck, genetics, white skin, brown nose etc. etc. that get him all that he has. Also he assure you that those lucky people didn't do anything more or better than him! And the teachers will say that they manifest their dreams through meditation or vision board or through visualizing.
You may say by visualizing or meditating or doing mind-mapping about the things what you want in your life can change your vibration which attract things to you. But let me tell you whatever you have in your life is not just because of your visualization of attraction which brought it in to your life. If you analyze, you will find that you have taken focused action and which has risks.
Do you think, if Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer could achieve all that he achieved in his life with an attitude of work smart and not work hard? What if he just dreamed of winning gold instead of training all those thousands of hours over all those years? I can certainly tell you that he would not have even gotten the Olympics, let alone win 14 gold medals over the span of two Olympics.
Margin of his 100 meter butterfly in Beijing was only 1/100th of a second had to be verified by a camera that could analyze frames shot 1/10000 of a second apart. His thousand of hours of hard work in the water paid off. Pretty smart guy worked so hard.
If you are stuck up with the modern teaching of imagination, it is the time for you to put off all that wild imagination and get on to hard work.
Hard work can be termed as challenging work. Most of the human beings
avoid challenges. When the work is challenging, very few come forward
and take up the work. That is why successful people are very few.
Successful people face the challenges. They are not quitters or
avoiders. They are ready to face the challenges. That is why they are
called successful. Because Challenging work is painful and not
comfortable at most of the time.
Hard work is associated with purpose. There should be a purpose for all the hard work you put in. That purpose is the why and the hard work is the how. P. T. Usha (sprint Queen) spend many hours in doing exercise and workouts. She woke up early morning every morning and run through the beaches of Kerala, while here fellow students slept, watched TV or listened music. She was willing to pay the price for success. She was working hard. Working hard means spending the required time in order to get the desired results. There were many students who studied with her who has more physical strength than Usha. But they did not shine like Usha, because, they were not willing to pay the price.
I call the so called smart workers "hoppers". They are hopping for the best. Hoping for a good future. Hopping for a better tomorrow. But not willing to pay the price. They will hope till the end of their life. And their hopes will die down with them. Hard workers are not hoppers. They are achievers. They work hard and achieve many things in their life. People adore them and admire them. They have a goal. They have a vision for their life. They have a purpose.
If you are really smart, you will work hard till you get the desired result. If you are really smart, you'll be focused and spend the required time in your work. If you want to build some muscles, you need to do the workout at the gym for many days continuously. You should be willing to pay the price in the form of time, energy, pain and uncomfortable etc. Then only you will see the result. If you do so, you are a smart worker.