“Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work”
65 BC – 8 BC
“Success: A degree or measure of succeeding; favorable or desired outcome or results; the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence”
“Effort: Conscious exertion of power; hard work; a serious attempt; something produced by exertion or trying; the total work done to achieve a particular end”
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There is no shortage of success schemes. To some extent, some scams literally, you might have also heard stories about how a certain third party “guarantees” they can help you to reach your success within a few months or even days?
How can anybody help you when you do not know what path to choose for yourself? How can anybody know what is good for YOU except for YOURSELF?
All I know is – you need to have a passion. A burning desire. A will to die for something you love. (applies to many areas of life as well)
Love & Passion is that – when you’re willing to die for it, when you have a burning desire to achieve it, it will definitely set you free. Many great people have died stating this philosophy.
These days, there is no shortage of discussions about how you can become successful, and certainly no shortage of overnight success schemes. I recently overheard people talking about how a certain person’s success was simply luck, and that luck is the route to achievement in life.
Of course, these notions misrepresent reality. Success rarely happens by accident and it certainly takes time. The old saying, “it took me 10 years to be an overnight success” applies to most people.
The effort is the currency of success, yet we live in a culture where we feel entitled to success, money, you name it. A lot of people expect success, without applying the effort success calls for.
My father says –
“For the most part, overnight success is a myth.
Ask me how I know. Twenty years ago, I was one of those people attempting to fight the principle that time and effort precede success.
Don’t misunderstand me. I have always had an intense work ethic. But I thought I had the right to bypass the time factor in my work as a professional. I felt I did not have to wait for the 10 or 20 years of experience I needed to realize the success level I envisioned for myself.
But I was wrong. Real success takes time. Don’t buy into the idea that you can be an overnight success—that’s a lie. That’s not to say you can’t experience immediate results; just watch out for over-promise.”
Success is not about any single event. It represents the entire process you have walked through.
The athlete who wins a Gold Medal invested a significant amount of practice prior to achieving that goal. The championship-winning team dedicated themselves to excellence over time, not just for the championship game. The parent with well-grounded and adjusted children put years of effort into shaping their characters. The list goes on.
Similarly, before a company realizes success the leader and the team put focused effort toward their goal. Rarely does luck have anything to do with a person’s level of success. When you observe successful individuals you want to model, investigate what they really did to achieve their results. Learn from their journey.
Because success requires effort, you must enjoy what you are doing. Confirm your natural talents, gifts, and interests. This way, the time and energy you’ve invested in your career will enrich you as a person.
Success is as much about the journey as the outcome or the prize. Make sure you are enjoying the process. If you aren’t, it’s time to sit down and figure out how to adjust that.
It’s also important to note that time and experience do not automatically equal increased success. Make sure you’re investing your time wisely, honing your skills and learning from your mistakes. If we aren’t improving, we’re growing stagnant.
As a society, we must acknowledge that we have to earn the right to our success. Entitlement does not produce success—only the right efforts do. Any attitude of entitlement only hinders you and your road to success.
If success takes time and effort by definition, it is critical that we embrace the journey as part of our process, rather than seeing it as a burden to our fast-track achievement of a specific goal.
It’s sure to be a bumpy ride but make sure to enjoy yourself anyway.
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16 thoughts on “Read This Before You Decide To Give Up.”
Great post on expectations
Thank you! ❤
Yes, indeed if not longer. Too many get rich scams on branding, etc. It takes time to build your brand. And, you have to bust your ass off like I did to get success. Unless of course a person wins the lottery or a big inheritance. Blessings. Emma
Yes. I agree with you.
Thank you for reading.
Best wishes to you,
I appreciate your comments. I am at the beginning of my new business. It does take time. It is easy to feel impatient.
It will all be worth it.
Best wishes to you! ❤ ❤
Re: “Because success requires effort, you must enjoy what you are doing.”
I don’t see how that’s possible. I only enjoy things I do well. But there isn’t anything I do well. I don’t socialize well so within a rare discussion there can be a microsecond of pleasure, but that’s not enough. Writing is painful and is only possible by fantasizing about some future success, so there is a weak fantasy trying to overcome a strong reality of pain. If I had a successful book, that would be enjoyable, but the writing and editing etc. will always be a painful process. I don’t think that climbing a mountain is enjoyable. It’s only when reaching the top that enjoyment comes, and then if you’ve climbed the wrong mountain and there’s nothing interesting to see, you have to make the arduous trek down the mountain in the snow and rain, down past the dead doves, like feathered ice, who have fallen in the snow banks in frozen flighty fright.
It’s all about the journey, I strongly believe.
Even if it’s a negative experience, it teaches us to value and articulate our actions for future consequences. It’s all about perspective.
I know this is true, but still need to be reminded from time to time. Excellent post. Thank you.
It’s a long and painful road but sure is worth it, sometimes even I need a reminder!
I am so glad i got to read this. I needed some form of inspiration. I have lost my way in blogging, I am trying to get my hands back on it but i always forget one little step at a time mantra. Thank you for writing this! Much love to you! x
Glad to know you enjoyed reading it, thank you! ❤
Best wishes to you!
Nice post 👍
Thank you! ❤
Love this post!
Wise words. I find it is easy to be impatient with life, but I love the idea of overnight success taking 10 years. In a way it takes the pressure off so that we CAN enjoy the journey. Thank you. I needed to hear this today.