Getting good at anything takes a heck of a lot of time and energy. It often amazes me that people struggle to fully invest themselves in their so-called ‘passions,’ which seem merely to develop into burdens that they struggle to get out of bed to accomplish. You can’t help but wonder if these people are truly passionate about what they do.
Nonetheless, I think that everyone can genuinely underestimate just how much effort it will take to get you to exactly where you want to be. I like to think that I’ve got a pretty good work ethic, which I try to constantly build upon. People can become quite bemused by other people who work incessantly hard; they tend to question why they are so unceasingly obsessed. For me it has little to do with anything other than the simple fact that I am so passionate and hungry for my own success, that not to work hard would feel like an assassination upon my own opportunities. But the question has to be asked of us all, are we hungry enough?
Below are 7 reasons as to why you need to start grinding more and quit complaining:
1) You Dream Is Not Work.
If you are fortunate enough to be spending every day doing what you’re passionate about, you have already won half the battle toward achieving a happy life. It baffles me when I see people who have the chance to do exactly what they love doing for the rest of their lives, and yet they squander their opportunities through sheer laziness. Working hard at something that you love should be a walk in the park. If you think you need to work twice as hard doing something you love, that should be good news, because now you get to spend even more of your day consumed by your passion.
The harder you work at doing what you love and the more you push yourself to accomplish your dreams, the better you should feel. If you find yourself resisting more work you should seriously ask yourself what’s holding you back?
Maybe your dream is harder to accomplish than you originally anticipated. Maybe you are intrinsically not that passionate about it at all. If you really want something you won’t stop until you get it. On the treadmill of life there are thousands, if not millions of other people striving for the same or similar things to you. Some of these people out there are working 18 hour days, every day. You’ve got to be honest with yourself about your competition, and whether or not you’ve got what it takes.
Do you want it or not? If so, get to work.
2) Achieving Your Goal Will Be Hard.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.” Kobe Bryant.
As I said earlier, there are people out there who are willing to put in some serious work in order to accomplish their goals. It’s easy to be fooled from the outside when you look at any business-person, sports player, actor or professional of any capacity, and to think that it looks pretty simple. But the truth is that it really isn’t. Let’s use basketball as an example. Kobe Bryant is one of the most successful basketball players of all-time. He is the winner of 5 NBA championships and 2 Olympic Gold Medals. Bryant has amassed a net worth of more than $200 million during his playing career. Most mornings Kobe will begin his conditioning work at 4:30am, which he will continue up until around 6am. From there he will begin his weightlifting regime until 7am and finally proceed to make 800 jump shots until around 11am. There he will practice with his teammates.
Kobe Bryant’s incredible work ethic and determination is a prime example of the sheer willpower you need to utilise in order to reach the top of your game. This is why you need to work super hard; you need to consistently better yourself and improve your game in order to achieve what you want to. It’s not as easy as it looks from the outside.
Malcolm Gladwell wrote a brilliant book called “The Outliers” which states that whether you achieve your goals or not is very much dependant on how much time you spend going after them. After much research, he came to the conclusion that you need to spend 10,000 hours on your passion in order to become a master in your field. That’s a lot of hours!
So, if you want to be the best, be prepared to get cracking and stack up your hours!
4) Rewards Come At The End.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett.
People love seeking gratification for achieving the smallest things. We live in a society that loves a pat on the back for everything they do. The reality is that the benefits of all of your hard work won’t become apparent until much further down the line. Because of this, you need to become self-motivated to the point where you don’t constantly seek the validation of others.
Research done by Tony Robbins, the American philanthropist and business-man, suggested that the average person needs to see a company or brand sixteen times before they will take notice of them and buy into their business. This should give you an idea as to the amount of work that you need to put in to get noticed by the right people. You need to be continually putting out content and interacting with your audience as much as possible in order to facilitate achieving your goals.
This is another reason why you need to work 5X harder. We have it much easier with social-media these days. Reaching out to the right people is a much more accessible venture than it was even 15 years ago. However, to effectively utilise the opportunities that social-media can bring to your customer base, you still need to put in some serious hours.
5) People Buy Into Other People’s Grind.
Another reason to work damn hard is because people buy into people who work. Nobody is going to take you seriously until they can commit to your vision. Getting someone to commit to your vision and buy into your product is harder than you might think.
People want to know that you are prepared to put blood, sweat and tears into everything that you do in order to accomplish your goals. It all comes down to trust. Remember that there are lots of other people just like you. You’re very replaceable.
You need to stand out in your field as someone who is going to reliably and consistently deliver excellent material.
6) You Can Tell That You Need To Do More.
There is a good chance that you know deep down that you need to do more. If you’re not where you aspire to be right now, you know that you need to continue to develop yourself. If you’re sending out 50 emails per day trying to reach out to the people who could change your life, but feel like you’re getting nowhere, you need to double down on that and send 100 or more per day. Hard work, luck and success are games of numbers. The harder you work and the more that you do, the quicker that you will get to where you need to be.
You don’t want to still be making the same mistakes in 5 years, so make a change to your work ethic today. The more work you put in now, the sooner you will accomplish your goals. You don’t want to be 70 by the time you start seeing results. You want to see results soon. So put in the work.
7) Get To The Good Bits.
“Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” Bruce Lee.
Right now you’re probably surrounded by quite a few people who doubt your abilities and chances of success. You want to get away from these people as soon as possible. People without dreams and ambitions who strive towards getting to the end of each day unscathed. You don’t want to be that person. You want to live for the grind and the struggle because it’s what makes life so exciting. The harder you work now, the sooner you’ll be able to surround yourself with more like-minded people, who share in your pursuit of a life of excitement and achievement.
Put in the work now and soon enough you’ll be surrounded by more positive people sharing in a similar dream to yours. Go out there and kill it my friends!