At some point in life you might have been advised to work smarter, not harder. That has an element of truth to it, but it misses the point of ultimate success. I was watching one of the tribute videos of Kobe Bryant. He along with numerous other athletes, successful businessmen, politicians, and top educators have come to the same conclusion: It takes hard work and working smarter to succeed. You will never reach your true potential if you neglect the hard work ethic.
“The three greatest essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.” Thomas Edison. I like that quote because Thomas Edison also said, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
How do you stay positive when you are met with continued setbacks?
- Stay focused on your goal.
- Learn from each mistake.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Don’t get distracted by what other people think.
- Be willing to think outside the box.
- Only take advice from people who are knowledgeable and have common sense.
The road to success if often paved with blood, sweat, and tears. Don’t let the setbacks destroy your dream. The question becomes, are you willing to pay the price?
“Success is never owned. It is rented, and the rent is due every day.” Rory Vaden
Here is to your true success! Stay focused my friend.