Hard work is what separates the average from the above average.
A conversation I had tonight sparked some insightful thoughts. As I was giving my brother some insight on a situation he is facing, I found that the words coming out of my mouth were helping me as well.
My brother is one of the most hard-working, inspiring people that I know. Life has a funny way of rewarding hard work. Sometimes, the harder you work, the more obstacles you will face.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “climbing the ladder of success”. I like to think of the path to success as climbing a mountain. As I mentioned earlier, hard work and consistency is what keeps the average from being above average.
I can tell you from first hand experience that hard work alone isn’t enough. I remember after finishing my first book, I thought to myself, “I can breathe now. The hard part is over!” But the hard work had just began. Editing, selecting a cover, devising a marketing plan, and trying to find a publisher actually became more taxing than writing the book itself.
There were times I wanted to give up. But why give up when I had put in so much work already? What I have discovered is that many people get to that same point I was at in their career, but give up when it gets hard. Can I tell you that everything in life isn’t going to be easy. The most successful people are the ones who didn’t give up. They are the ones who were knocked down and decided to get back up and keep going; pressing forward.
The more hard work you put in; the higher you climb on that mountain, the harder and more challenging your life may become on your way to the top. Your climb will become more intricate, the slopes will become more steep and slippery, the oxygen in the air will decrease and breathing will become difficult. You’re going to get more haters. The people who started the climb with you will fall off by the wayside because they may not be as equipped as you are to handle that climb.
The key is persistency and determination. Let faith be your fuel that pushes you forward. You have to believe that everything you are doing is getting you to where you need to be, even when you don’t see it for yourself. Know that GOD is working in your favor. Know that your hard work is paying off, even when it doesn’t appear that way.
The thing about climbing the mountain to success is that the mountain makes your stronger. It builds those muscles. It teaches you how to breath with less oxygen (this is an important analogy because you’ll have to learn how to be successful with limited resources). The mountain will weed out the people who aren’t truly for you. Whoever survives the climb with you and makes it to the top with you are the people you truly need in your corner; the people who pushed you when you wanted to give up. The people that grabbed your arm and lifted you when you slipped and fell. Those are the people who love and truly support you and the people you should always have in your corner.
I said all that to say this, “Stay encourage, friends.” Keep fighting and pressing forward towards your dreams and goals. Don’t let your circumstances talk you out of your dreams.
I hope this has helped someone the way it is helping me.