Why Is Hard Work Necessary To Be Successful?
Success is about setting goals and achieving them. Such goals include losing weight, learning how to play an instrument, making profit in a business, and being the best in certain career among others. The secret of success, as many people will agree, is hard work.
Evidently, successful people are admired in the society. In many instances, they make headlines in the mainstream media. However, such people are not many in the society. Many people still struggle to achieve their goals in life. Others give up, all together, when they attempt without success to achieve their goals. Simply, many people are unable or unwilling to engage in hard work for them to be successful.
Is It Hard Work Or Smart Work?
Some individuals argue that an individual needs to be smart- and not hard working, for them to be successful. However, successful people narrate of instances when they did not want to pursue certain projects but pushed themselves to achieve their goals anyway. As a result, they were able to stand out amongst the crowd. Therefore, it is hard work, and not smart work that breeds success. In any case, most of the hard working and successful people are very smart.
Notably, many people give up when they do not feel like pursuing their goals or when they experience setbacks at the initial stages of a project. For instance, many people trying to lose weight may not see the results within the first few weeks of rigorous exercise and dieting. At this stage, unsuccessful people will give up. On the other hand, hardworking people try to find ways of solving some of the setbacks- instead of giving up. More so, they put in more effort even when they realize that have slim chances of winning.
Life Is Tough
Hard work and success go hand in hand because life is designed to be tough. Nothing is offered on a silver platter; which means that people have to keep trying to succeed. In actual sense, there are so many challenges in life that only hardworking people can overcome them. This explains why there are very few successful people in the world today.
Some of the things that one must do for them to be successful include going through the planning process and doing some training and research. One must also have the right attitude or mindset about their goals. Unless you work hard, it is impossible for one to engage in such things. If anything, many people would rather give up than try. Precisely, hard work is a necessity for an individual to be successful in life.
This is What Hard Work is and Why it Matters
I read Jason Fried’s recent piece on hard work. It was thought-provoking. It continued a larger conversation. We all search for meaning. We’re all looking for values that can guide us. We want to make sense of why we do, what we do. We’re hoping that our life’s purpose will lead us to happiness and peace of mind.
So, where does hard work fit into that equation? And what does it mean?
Oxford defines hard work as, “a great deal of effort or endurance.”
Merriam-Webster defines hardworking as, “industrious, diligent.”
Effort. Endurance. Diligence. Industriousness
All very desirable qualities.
One of my biggest role models is the late, great Coach John Wooden. His Pyramid of Success has served as inspiration and a baseline for me over the course of my career. It’s provided me with invaluable guidance and direction. There’s no coincidence that one of the cornerstones of his pyramid is Industriousness. He defines this term — in light of its effect on success — as follows:
“Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.”
You Get to Define Hard Work
Hard work, I’ve come to believe through experience and research, is both what we physically exert and mentally, a state of mind. Think about it — unless you’re under duress or strict direction, why would you work hard? Well, you’d work hard for something you believe in. You’d work hard for something you’ve thought and planned for, that will lead you to happiness, success or a well-being.
This is my personal definition of hard work:
Working intelligently and vigorously at a given task to complete it with maximum efficiency
Here’s the point: No one gets to define hard work for anyone else. Just like success, you define hard work for yourself. Your definition of hard work should support your definition of success!
It’s best for each of us to take the term and apply it to our own life. For me, hard work means going to my job each day, giving my all, then coming home and loving my family with all my heart, then working on my book, writing and marketing for my personal business. I try my darnedest to do these things with maximum effort and a positive attitude.
The days where I don’t feel like I give things my all, I don’t feel successful. I don’t feel happy. There are people counting on me! Employees that I manage and mentor, co-workers, family members and people who enjoy what I have to write about. I desire to give my all to bring value to the lives of others. This is empowered by a sense of commitment.
In other words, we work hard because we care. No one works hard for no reason at all. We have families to support, dreams to work toward and curiosities to satisfy. We have an innate sense of liberty inside all of us. We do things in some instances to survive, others to amuse ourselves, but many of us make an impact because we want to leave a legacy.
No one likes being told what is “good” or what is “bad.” More succinctly: none of us like being judged or criticized. We want to be helped in a constructive, caring manner. And we want to give back help in a kind, compassionate way that is helpful for others.
While there’s no comparison between the single mother working three jobs and the Fortune 500 software developer who configures technology platforms, this shouldn’t diminish the self-worth or value of someone’s output. That’s entirely up to the individual. I can’t possibly compare my definition of hard work to a day laborer in a third-world country. It would be ridiculous.
That person has a much different definition of hard work than the one I have for myself. And guess what? That’s fine. That’s what makes all of us unique. We should all work to contribute to society and do what we can to make our lives — and the lives of those around us — better, no matter our circumstances.
So, I pose the question to you. How do you define hard work? What does that mean to you? You saw my definition of hard work. You might have read Jason’s thoughts on the subject. There is surely value in this term. It’s been passed down from generation to generation, largely because it does have universal, significant meaning.
There are universal values to hold dear and things we come to agreement on as a society for the betterment of ourselves. Then, there are the things we get to define as they relate to our journey. Know what your values are. Understand what matters most to you and what you want to pursue. Define it for yourself. Then, live it. Crush it.
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