Howdy! A Portland, OR native, I currently reside in the northern San Diego County area as a freelance writer. When I'm not sipping coffee, soaking up some rays and writing or playing guitar you can find me at the hot yoga studio.
This article will discuss how hard work brings success. No matter what we do, we have to put in the effort.
We have to do the work. It's all or nothing.
It's all or nothing at all. If you just try hard enough, you'll get it.
Your work ethic is everything. It's something that can define you, or it can define you as nothing.
If you have a work ethic, you can become a success in almost anything.
For example, if you work hard to get a six-figure salary, and you don't have the drive or work ethic to work hard and achieve that goal, then you might as well stay a programmer and just try harder.
If you work hard to become a millionaire, and you don't work hard to achieve that goal, then you might as well stay in your job and try harder.
You see where I'm going with this, right?
Everyone, at some point in their lives, has to work hard at something to achieve some sort of goal. But it's not easy.
If you work hard and you don't have the right work ethic, then you'll never get there.
Everyone will tell you that you should work hard. And while I agree with that, it's not a magic wand that will bring you success.
That would be too simple.
You have to work hard, but you have to work smart. If you're willing to put in the effort, you'll achieve your goals.
You have to figure out what your goals are, then get to work.
Working hard is what makes you successful. No one who wasn't willing to work hard became successful.
If you try to shortcut your way to success, then you're going to end up regretting it. But you don't have to work hard to get ahead.
I get it. That's a lot to digest.
But it's true.
If you don't want to hear it, then don't worry. I'll give you some advice.
Just follow this one simple rule: Work smart.
That's all you have to do. It's all you have to do.
But of course, you have to put in the effort. You have to put in the time and effort.
You have to work. But you have to work smart.
Let's say you're a carpenter. That means you can build things, you know.
You can use your hands and your mind and your body to build something.
Now, imagine you're in a different situation. I want you to imagine you're in the movie The Social Network .
What would you do in that situation? You're in the garage.
There's some wood laying around.
So, what would you do?
You could throw it on the wall and make a building. You could build an elaborate building.
It would take time, but it would work.
But what if there's some nail on the floor. Or some board missing.
What then? You wouldn't build the best house. You wouldn't build the best building.
Or, you could put a light fixture on it. It's beautiful.
The light fixture is beautiful. You put a light fixture on the house and it looks amazing.
And it only took you a minute.
It takes a minute to nail down some nails, a minute to take them out. But you can be proud that you did it. You put a beautiful light on a beautiful house.
But you wouldn't get that beautiful house if you don't put a light fixture on it. You wouldn't get that beautiful house if you don't build it.
You have to work hard. But it's not enough to work hard.
You have to work smart.
In the carpenter example above, you would make sure to check for nails and boards. You would check the floor to see if it was stable.
And when you did, you would build that beautiful house. You would make sure the floor was sturdy and the board was clean.
But you wouldn't get to that beautiful house if you didn't work hard. And you wouldn't get to that beautiful house if you didn't put a light on it.
To build a house, you have to put in work, but you also need to build it smart.
In life, you have to do the same thing. You have to put in the work.
But you also have to figure out what's smart.
Smart is making decisions about what's right for you.
In the example above, you have to decide that you need to build a beautiful house. You don't need to just build a house.
You need to build the house that's right for you. And as long as you put in the effort to make it the best you can, you can be proud that you built the best house you can make.
You did something right.
You're going to make mistakes. And that's okay.
Mistakes are part of learning.
That doesn't mean you're a bad person. It doesn't mean you don't care.
What it means is that you're figuring out what works for you.
If you want to be a writer, make sure you write a lot. Don't just quit because you're not a good writer yet.
Keep writing. You might make a mistake.
You might not have the right technique, but don't stop.
And if you want to be a comedian, don't just quit because you're not good at it yet. Don't just stop and say you're not good enough.
Keep trying. You might get a lot better.
Keep working hard.