Hope you all are kicking 2018’s ass like I am. In the event you aren’t, this article can help you out a bit. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I want to get some information out there to you. Let’s go ahead and dive in because I’m sure you’re wondering what this title is about.
How many times have you heard people say, “You have to work hard,” “nothing happens without hard work,” “work hard and all your dreams will come true”? Those we look up to and those who we consider successful say the same thing about reaching success. I took the idea and I asked myself, “What the hell is work?” What do people mean when they say that?! What work do I need to do?!
Let’s get some things understood. Work is universal as it is also relative. Let me give you an example: If you take anyone in the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, or whatever sport you’re into, you’ll notice these men and women train really hard for years. It’s crazy to think about the amount of time that is dedicated to a sport. If we flipped the script and pointed out doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, managers, etc. we can say the same thing for the most part. The amount of time spent is unreal. The result is that all these people are great at what they do, for the most part.
How work is objective:
Work is objective because we all have to put in a certain amount of work, for a certain amount of time, to generate the results that we seek. This is universal. There is literally no way around perfecting your craft. You must make time to get better at it every day. It takes sacrifices. As cliché as it sounds, you really must sacrifice some of life’s pleasures in order to get better at what you do or get closer to what you want. It really takes tough conversations with yourself like:
“Man, I’m trying to be in the physique competition, but I really want a whole box of donuts. Although I just did an hour of cardio, and I’ll throw my momentum and body out of whack if I go this route. Okay, I’m going to drink a gallon of water to subdue the cravings and try to just eat some fruit and go to sleep early smh.”
Some other internal conversations go like this:
“I was just about to get off work and my boss asked me to answer two more emails before I leave and I said yes. My feet hurt, my back hurts, I’m hungry, I need a drink, and I want to just take a shower and go to sleep. But I really need to go to this event tonight my mentor told me to attend. I’m to meet someone who can help me with some side hustles that I’m looking to start. I’m not sure if I can make it because I’m running super late, and if I stop anywhere to get some food, I might miss my shot. So I might just need to go straight there and not eat. That’ll be a good 6 hours without food smh.”
It’s tough man. It really takes a strong person to go through changes to want to be better. But it takes those special sacrifices. It is always the stuff people don’t see. It is always the work you can’t show off on the internet that you have to do to get to where or what you want. Everyone successful must go through this. So when you hear the work is hard, it’s not always the actual work that is difficult, but the process is long and draining. The worst part is, sometimes all that moving around gets you to the wrong destination.
How is work subjective:
Let’s face it, there are some things you’ll never have to worry about. If you’re preparing to compete in a league with athletic people like the NFL or the NBA, you have to do some serious work on your body. You need to make sure your body can withstand some blows, your endurance and stamina are very high, be cautious of the things you consume day to day, and contribute to your overall health instead of hindering it. Late nights, early mornings, and studying film and personnel day in and day out is what is required. If this isn’t your goal, you wouldn’t have to worry about these things.
If you’re going to be a lawyer or doctor, it is important to study as much as possible to 1. learn as much as possible to be well equipped with the theoretical application to be a great professional specialist, and 2. pass exams and tests to actually become that professional specialist. Entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business must study their industry. This takes work every day. Either you’re online doing research, going to seminars, speaking with mentors, taking successful people in your field to lunch to pick their brain, or attending events to meet someone you wish to meet and spark a conversation with in order to start some kind of relationship. The exact “work “won’t be the same, however, time spent will always have familiarity.
What I want you to get out of this is that time is a requirement for anything you want to achieve. When people say you must work hard, they really mean you have to put time into things to make it happen. You have to put the time in the gym, you have to put the time in your books, you have put the time in practicing your speeches, you have to put time into networking (and not just taking a business card and without following up ). Success comes to those who go out and get it. Sometimes success takes a long time to come. It’s not until then you may hear someone say, “I’ve been grinding for a long time!” Well, yeah… you have. That doesn’t mean the work you were doing was necessarily hard. You can do something easy every day and still reach your goals. You can still call that “work”. Someone else may see it differently, but then again, work is subjective.
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