Success doesn’t just happen. Success takes work.
Recently my wife and I attended a conference put on by Joyce Meyer. One of the take-aways from that conference was something she said. A lot of times when we pray to God, God gives us something to do. Put another way, success takes work. It takes hard work.
So what is hard work? Well, the definition of hard work is “a great deal of effort or endurance.” Someone who is hard-working is thought to be industrious and/or zealous.
My co-author on my book, Beat the Curve, the legendary Brian Tracy, once said, “You always have to pay the full price for success, and you always have to pay that price in advance.”
“You always have to pay the full price for success, and you always have to pay that price in advance.” – Brian Tracy
When we think of hard work, in terms of endurance, we immediately think about something taking time to complete. Endurance is required to keep going. To achieve a worthwhile goal often requires persistent effort. People will often get frustrated by the difficulty they encounter, and many quit before reaching their goal. It takes a willingness to endure the work, to love what one is doing, to be a true entrepreneur and win the proverbial prize.
The bottom line is success takes work. Success takes time and patience. And success takes character. There’s just no way around it.
One of my favorite ‘success takes work’ quotes comes from Michelangelo. (It actually made Inc. Magazine’s 37 Inspiring Quotes About Working Hard and Achieving Big Things.) Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” That pretty much says it all, I think.
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