December 3, 2009

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

There has been a lot of good to go around lately. As 2009 reaches it’s climatic finale, people are making big changes and doing exciting things. It’s amazing to see so many of my ‘online’ friends pursue and achieve ‘real life’ success. It’s not by luck – it’s not by chance – It starts and ends with hard work. Determination, motivation, perseverance, commitment, and passion.

Where do you stand, right now, today? Are you happy with where you are? If not, why aren’t you? What’s holding you back from being you on your best day?

The answer: Yourself.

It’s easy to settle in and let things come and go. It’s easy to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow”. There are so many reasons why you SHOULDN’T change – but if there is one reason why you SHOULD – why don’t you?

We’ve talked about the inconvenience of change and the challenges that come with transition, but at the end of the day, if you want something – get out there and take it.

This time last year I was content, or at least thought I was, with living a routine life. Content with not rocking the boat or swimming against the current and going with the flow. But around the time I started this blog and started meeting so many of you – seeing how you had packed your bags and moved across the country, making the most out of unemployment. Watching people start their own businesses, seeing friends land their dream jobs and publish their first book – something clicked inside of me. That voice telling me to appreciate what I had started telling me that there was so much more to life.

And here I am – in the midst of all this success, all of your positive energy has rubbed off. I can’t begin to tell you how inspired I am every day by so many of you. You and I – we are the future movers and shakers of the world – we’re in the drivers seat, masters of our own domains – and since no one knows for sure, we have to live like this is the only chance we get. Life’s too short for shoulda’, coulda’, wouldas’.

And what does it all come down to? Hard work. If you’re willing to make sacrifices, willing to put in the long hours and sleepless nights, willing to take a step back before taking a giant leap forward – you’ll achieve anything you want to achieve.

Ignore the naysayers, surround yourself with supportive people, maintain a positive attitude, ask questions, stay hungry for constant growth and  learning, always remain humble while exuding confidence, work hard, and at the end of the day, enjoy the hell out of life. It’s a gift we should be thankful for every single day.

How has hard work paid off for you this year?

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  1. Actually, this year’s hard work was letting go of hard work, reflecting on life, and reorganizing. Once I found the things I wanted to put my energy in, hard work didn’t feel anymore like that, because it became equivalent to entering flow mode. While I still struggle with attaining this state each and every day, it’s for sure worth the effort! Looking at your 2009 achievements, Matt, it’s amazing to see the changes you were able to make in just a year – certainly a great motivation for 2010! So yeah, let’s “enjoy the hell out of life”, everybody!

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    • Great point Fabian – you have to be able to let go to the point that work shouldn’t feel like work. Work should be a part of your life, something you enjoy. Someone made a point in the comments of another post I wrote recently that you should LOVE what you do, even if you don’t like it all the time. I 100% agree. I’ll keep working hard so I can get to the point of reflection and reorganization. All in due time :)

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    • i’ts true how hard work and perseverence can lead to great success.i agree with you that last year was hard but through hard work we have manage to over come all the obstacles on our way.keep it up and thanks for nmotivating.it’s my first year in university and ja i think i’m ready to put all my effort and focus on my studies

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  2. Actually, this year’s hard work was letting go of hard work, reflecting on life, and reorganizing. Once I found the things I wanted to put my energy in, hard work didn’t feel anymore like that, because it became equivalent to entering flow mode. While I still struggle with attaining this state each and every day, it’s for sure worth the effort! Looking at your 2009 achievements, Matt, it’s amazing to see the changes you were able to make in just a year – certainly a great motivation for 2010! So yeah, let’s “enjoy the hell out of life”, everybody!

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    • Great point Fabian – you have to be able to let go to the point that work shouldn’t feel like work. Work should be a part of your life, something you enjoy. Someone made a point in the comments of another post I wrote recently that you should LOVE what you do, even if you don’t like it all the time. I 100% agree. I’ll keep working hard so I can get to the point of reflection and reorganization. All in due time :)

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    • i’ts true how hard work and perseverence can lead to great success.i agree with you that last year was hard but through hard work we have manage to over come all the obstacles on our way.keep it up and thanks for nmotivating.it’s my first year in university and ja i think i’m ready to put all my effort and focus on my studies

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  3. Great post, as always, Matt :) Truthfully, I don’t feel as though all my hard work has paid off. Not yet anyway. Still on the job hunt. But at the same time, all of my hard work has led me to other things. Being on a job hunt gives a person plenty of time to sit back and really look at their life. What I’m happy with, what I’d like to change, who I really am. So while I haven’t met my ideal end goal, I have gained so much along the way. I started writing more, got more involved in social media, met some incredible new people, and finally realized what I’m capable of. It’s like a road trip..Everyone rushes to get to the end destination, but it’s important to make a few stops along the way to truly appreciate life.

    Thanks again for the post Matt :)

    Megan

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    • Agreed Megan – it’s all a journey – and one shouldn’t focus solely on the destination. You may not be where you WANT to be right now – but you are busting your butt to get there – and one thing I’ve always admired about you is that you’re not willing to settle – you’re willing to hold out for a great job because you know you’re worth it. A lot of people don’t have the will to do that. Good news is on the horizon for you Megan – and wherever you do end up will be luck to have you.

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    • JUST WORK HARD,HARD,HARD AND HARD.LIFE IS NOT RAIR SO ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS TO GET USED TO IT,IN A MANNER THAT WE DONT TO PROCRASTINATE AND ENJOY TO FALL BUT RATHER TAKE A STOP AND SAY “I MIGHT HAVE BEEN BORN POOR BUT RICH IN NMIND”.YOU SHOULD ENJOY CHALLENGES IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE ACHALLENGE ANY LONGER.ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Great post, as always, Matt :) Truthfully, I don’t feel as though all my hard work has paid off. Not yet anyway. Still on the job hunt. But at the same time, all of my hard work has led me to other things. Being on a job hunt gives a person plenty of time to sit back and really look at their life. What I’m happy with, what I’d like to change, who I really am. So while I haven’t met my ideal end goal, I have gained so much along the way. I started writing more, got more involved in social media, met some incredible new people, and finally realized what I’m capable of. It’s like a road trip..Everyone rushes to get to the end destination, but it’s important to make a few stops along the way to truly appreciate life.

    Thanks again for the post Matt :)

    Megan

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    • Agreed Megan – it’s all a journey – and one shouldn’t focus solely on the destination. You may not be where you WANT to be right now – but you are busting your butt to get there – and one thing I’ve always admired about you is that you’re not willing to settle – you’re willing to hold out for a great job because you know you’re worth it. A lot of people don’t have the will to do that. Good news is on the horizon for you Megan – and wherever you do end up will be luck to have you.

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    • JUST WORK HARD,HARD,HARD AND HARD.LIFE IS NOT RAIR SO ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS TO GET USED TO IT,IN A MANNER THAT WE DONT TO PROCRASTINATE AND ENJOY TO FALL BUT RATHER TAKE A STOP AND SAY “I MIGHT HAVE BEEN BORN POOR BUT RICH IN NMIND”.YOU SHOULD ENJOY CHALLENGES IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE ACHALLENGE ANY LONGER.ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. So one accomplishment I worked hard for was getting my CFO a four-page spread in a trade publication. I actually did most of the writing and collaboration with the editor, and while my name isn’t on the final copy, people know how much work I put into the article. While it’s a digital age, I still had the urge to show my parents, Look at what I did! There’s a ton of other work I’ve done this year, but this one thing kind of sums it up.

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    • Nice! It’s always great to have something tangible to show for all of your hard work. Kudos to you and everything you’ve accomplished this year – you forgot to mention the launch of a sexy new emilyjasper.com :)

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  6. So one accomplishment I worked hard for was getting my CFO a four-page spread in a trade publication. I actually did most of the writing and collaboration with the editor, and while my name isn’t on the final copy, people know how much work I put into the article. While it’s a digital age, I still had the urge to show my parents, Look at what I did! There’s a ton of other work I’ve done this year, but this one thing kind of sums it up.

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    • Nice! It’s always great to have something tangible to show for all of your hard work. Kudos to you and everything you’ve accomplished this year – you forgot to mention the launch of a sexy new emilyjasper.com :)

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  7. Nicely done.

    Too many people are looking for easy answers and short cuts to all their woes. Success all comes down to hard work. All those people looking for their four hour work weeks will likely be searching for a long, long time. Those willing to put in the work and make the sacrifices are the ones who will reap the rewards.

    I worked hard for 8 years to build a business and now I am just finalizing the sale. That means I am about two months away from being semi-retired. Now I can work on any project or idea I want, anywhere I want for the rest of my life.

    It was a lot of years of 60 plus hour weeks but definitely worth it. The harder you work for it, the more you enjoy the rewards!

    I am so excited to get started on other projects and businesses. We live in amazing times!

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    • Exactly John – you were willing to make the sacrifices necessary to get you to where you stand today – and now, you have great things to show for it. You may have lost some hours of sleep back in the day, but now you can sit back and reap the benefits of your hard work. Good luck to you with your future endeavors. You and I will have to set up a time to chat (outside the walls of this blog) sometime soon.

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  8. Nicely done.

    Too many people are looking for easy answers and short cuts to all their woes. Success all comes down to hard work. All those people looking for their four hour work weeks will likely be searching for a long, long time. Those willing to put in the work and make the sacrifices are the ones who will reap the rewards.

    I worked hard for 8 years to build a business and now I am just finalizing the sale. That means I am about two months away from being semi-retired. Now I can work on any project or idea I want, anywhere I want for the rest of my life.

    It was a lot of years of 60 plus hour weeks but definitely worth it. The harder you work for it, the more you enjoy the rewards!

    I am so excited to get started on other projects and businesses. We live in amazing times!

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    • Exactly John – you were willing to make the sacrifices necessary to get you to where you stand today – and now, you have great things to show for it. You may have lost some hours of sleep back in the day, but now you can sit back and reap the benefits of your hard work. Good luck to you with your future endeavors. You and I will have to set up a time to chat (outside the walls of this blog) sometime soon.

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  9. This is a great post and reminds me of my favorite quote- “Work hard, have fun and be kind.” All simple words to success. I echo Megan’s comment about not being really sure my hard work has paid off–yet. Set to gradudate in May, my constant stress is landing a job.

    However, outside of hard work directly correlating to a career, I can say being driven and not afraid of challenges has resulted in some bragging rights. I am set to launch the first ever blog for my chapter of PRSSA. I completed my first paid internship, working grueling 15 hr days but loving every minute. At school, I am a full time student, have 2 jobs, one internship, involved with 3 student clubs yet still make my social life a priority. No, I have not landed client accounts or been published but I’ll get there someday.

    Cheers to ‘enjoying the hell out of life!’
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • 1) Don’t be stressed about landing a job. You will. It might not be immediately, but you will. Don’t sweat it.

      2) You have accomplished a ton already and you haven’t even graduated, kudos to you!

      Thanks for coming by and sharing some perspective Allison – and good luck as you set out to graduate in May – enjoy every minute of your last semester…

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  10. This is a great post and reminds me of my favorite quote- “Work hard, have fun and be kind.” All simple words to success. I echo Megan’s comment about not being really sure my hard work has paid off–yet. Set to gradudate in May, my constant stress is landing a job.

    However, outside of hard work directly correlating to a career, I can say being driven and not afraid of challenges has resulted in some bragging rights. I am set to launch the first ever blog for my chapter of PRSSA. I completed my first paid internship, working grueling 15 hr days but loving every minute. At school, I am a full time student, have 2 jobs, one internship, involved with 3 student clubs yet still make my social life a priority. No, I have not landed client accounts or been published but I’ll get there someday.

    Cheers to ‘enjoying the hell out of life!’
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • 1) Don’t be stressed about landing a job. You will. It might not be immediately, but you will. Don’t sweat it.

      2) You have accomplished a ton already and you haven’t even graduated, kudos to you!

      Thanks for coming by and sharing some perspective Allison – and good luck as you set out to graduate in May – enjoy every minute of your last semester…

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  11. Great post as always! I’m also a firm believer that hard work does pay off, even if the pay off isn’t immediate. I feel as though the hard work I did this past year has paid off- I graduated summa cum laude in May and started my dream job in July. It didn’t come easy- while everyone else was on vacation, I was interning, but I’m glad I made those small sacrifice’s in the end. To everyone above me looking for a job: good luck & keep at it!

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    • Thanks for sharing your story and for the words of encouragement Sheema. Always great to hear stories of hard work paying off. It’s never an easy road but the reward is well worth it.

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  12. Great post as always! I’m also a firm believer that hard work does pay off, even if the pay off isn’t immediate. I feel as though the hard work I did this past year has paid off- I graduated summa cum laude in May and started my dream job in July. It didn’t come easy- while everyone else was on vacation, I was interning, but I’m glad I made those small sacrifice’s in the end. To everyone above me looking for a job: good luck & keep at it!

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    • Thanks for sharing your story and for the words of encouragement Sheema. Always great to hear stories of hard work paying off. It’s never an easy road but the reward is well worth it.

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  13. Hey, thanks for mentioning me and my new book!

    When I was reading through your questions:

    “Where do you stand, right now, today? Are you happy with where you are? If not, why aren’t you? What’s holding you back from being you on your best day?”

    all I could think was “I have so much I need to do still! So many places to go and accomplishments to achieve!”

    Then I saw you linked to the post about my book. And I remembered that I actually have gotten something done this year.

    On thing that’s nice about the end of the year is reflecting back on all the things you HAVE accomplished. Most of us are the types who collect accomplishments like a frat guy collects notches on his bedpost. Take the time to savor what you did this year, without comparing yourself to others, and, like Matt said, get inspired by how much you can accomplish in the future.

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    • No problem M – I couldn’t be more proud for you to get your book launched (and I can’t wait to read it myself). Maybe Santa will deliver me a copy?

      It’s easy for us to overlook or forget how much we really have accomplished. But I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about those notches on the bedpost (figuratively speaking) and I have to say, I don’t know how I managed to accomplish everything I did in only 12 short months. Here’s to the future!

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  14. Hey, thanks for mentioning me and my new book!

    When I was reading through your questions:

    “Where do you stand, right now, today? Are you happy with where you are? If not, why aren’t you? What’s holding you back from being you on your best day?”

    all I could think was “I have so much I need to do still! So many places to go and accomplishments to achieve!”

    Then I saw you linked to the post about my book. And I remembered that I actually have gotten something done this year.

    On thing that’s nice about the end of the year is reflecting back on all the things you HAVE accomplished. Most of us are the types who collect accomplishments like a frat guy collects notches on his bedpost. Take the time to savor what you did this year, without comparing yourself to others, and, like Matt said, get inspired by how much you can accomplish in the future.

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    • No problem M – I couldn’t be more proud for you to get your book launched (and I can’t wait to read it myself). Maybe Santa will deliver me a copy?

      It’s easy for us to overlook or forget how much we really have accomplished. But I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about those notches on the bedpost (figuratively speaking) and I have to say, I don’t know how I managed to accomplish everything I did in only 12 short months. Here’s to the future!

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  15. Inspiration is definitely drawn from my peers (on and offline). Thanks for inspiring me Matt and I’m happy you could draw some inspiration from me, as well.

    Hard work has created a stable and successful life for me in a new place that I have built to create my own happiness. This not only includes a job that I love, but friendships built, a healthy home, a blog that I’ve cultured and grown over the past year, and a city that I totally vibe with! Hard work always pays off, there is no such thing as failure anyway because another window of opportunity is always available if something “falls through.”

    I’m happy about 2009! I’m even more excited for 2010 and love having each of you as a community of supportive friends!

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    • Since I “met” you – you always have and have continued to inspire me Grace. You know better than most how worried and nervous I was to take the plunge into the unknown like I did – and for all the conversations we had, all the words of encouragement and confidence you sent my way, I will be forever grateful. Let’s hope our paths cross (forreal) in 2010!

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  16. Inspiration is definitely drawn from my peers (on and offline). Thanks for inspiring me Matt and I’m happy you could draw some inspiration from me, as well.

    Hard work has created a stable and successful life for me in a new place that I have built to create my own happiness. This not only includes a job that I love, but friendships built, a healthy home, a blog that I’ve cultured and grown over the past year, and a city that I totally vibe with! Hard work always pays off, there is no such thing as failure anyway because another window of opportunity is always available if something “falls through.”

    I’m happy about 2009! I’m even more excited for 2010 and love having each of you as a community of supportive friends!

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    • Since I “met” you – you always have and have continued to inspire me Grace. You know better than most how worried and nervous I was to take the plunge into the unknown like I did – and for all the conversations we had, all the words of encouragement and confidence you sent my way, I will be forever grateful. Let’s hope our paths cross (forreal) in 2010!

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  17. Matt – thanks a bunch for the continued support and motivation that helps me continue what I do everyday.

    It really does take hard work and perseverance to obtain those goals or what you’ve set your sights on. But even with what I’ve accomplished recently, it doesn’t end there and I realize I can’t be complacent – because this is where the real hard work comes in.

    I achieved a goal of mine, land a great job w/a great company and move to Chicago, now it’s about me getting deeper into those goals and accomplishing things within this organization & further myself and my career with the numerous resources around me in the Chicago area now.

    The *next steps* are important once the pay off of hard work comes around.

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    • Complacency is never a great attitude to have. I couldn’t be happier for you in landing a sweet gig here in Chicago. When you get into town, I hope I’m one of the first people you call to grab a beer. Can’t wait buddy!

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  18. Matt – thanks a bunch for the continued support and motivation that helps me continue what I do everyday.

    It really does take hard work and perseverance to obtain those goals or what you’ve set your sights on. But even with what I’ve accomplished recently, it doesn’t end there and I realize I can’t be complacent – because this is where the real hard work comes in.

    I achieved a goal of mine, land a great job w/a great company and move to Chicago, now it’s about me getting deeper into those goals and accomplishing things within this organization & further myself and my career with the numerous resources around me in the Chicago area now.

    The *next steps* are important once the pay off of hard work comes around.

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    • Complacency is never a great attitude to have. I couldn’t be happier for you in landing a sweet gig here in Chicago. When you get into town, I hope I’m one of the first people you call to grab a beer. Can’t wait buddy!

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  19. Matt – thanks for mentioning Corn On The Job and what I’ve accomplished.

    My hard work came from boredom. In March of 2009 I went on unemployment after my company was acquired and my team was let go. I visited Cancun a week after my last day, and then went to Key West in June. It wasn’t until July that I realized my time could be put to better use. Corn on The Job was born in July, and hard work (but fun work) was born.

    You should be very proud of all you’ve done. 2010 is going to be a knock out year for you, and your community. Thanks, again for the mention!

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    • Thanks to you Rich. Your approach to unemployment is admirable – not many see it for the opportunity it is – kudos to you for making the most of your situation. It’s been a pleasure meeting you, working with you, and getting to know you. I see big things ahead for you as well – looking forward to it!

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  20. Matt – thanks for mentioning Corn On The Job and what I’ve accomplished.

    My hard work came from boredom. In March of 2009 I went on unemployment after my company was acquired and my team was let go. I visited Cancun a week after my last day, and then went to Key West in June. It wasn’t until July that I realized my time could be put to better use. Corn on The Job was born in July, and hard work (but fun work) was born.

    You should be very proud of all you’ve done. 2010 is going to be a knock out year for you, and your community. Thanks, again for the mention!

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    • Thanks to you Rich. Your approach to unemployment is admirable – not many see it for the opportunity it is – kudos to you for making the most of your situation. It’s been a pleasure meeting you, working with you, and getting to know you. I see big things ahead for you as well – looking forward to it!

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  21. Interesting post. Like you Matt, I think being around like minded people here on the web and hearing such great, inspiring stories about people creating their lives how they want, has really rubbed off on me! I have felt like a lot has changed in me recently. I handed my notice in yesterday and have got a new job that will allow me to do more of what I want to do workwise (coaching/mentoring). Starting my blog in July has been a massive step for me too. I think this year, I have realised what I really enjoy (personal development/coaching etc) and am happy to put the work in as its what I love.
    Jen

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    • Nice Jen. Congrats on taking a big step toward doing what you want to do. Quitting a job is never easy, but it can be an extremely “freeing” experience. Good luck with your new position – keep in touch! :)

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  22. Interesting post. Like you Matt, I think being around like minded people here on the web and hearing such great, inspiring stories about people creating their lives how they want, has really rubbed off on me! I have felt like a lot has changed in me recently. I handed my notice in yesterday and have got a new job that will allow me to do more of what I want to do workwise (coaching/mentoring). Starting my blog in July has been a massive step for me too. I think this year, I have realised what I really enjoy (personal development/coaching etc) and am happy to put the work in as its what I love.
    Jen

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    • Nice Jen. Congrats on taking a big step toward doing what you want to do. Quitting a job is never easy, but it can be an extremely “freeing” experience. Good luck with your new position – keep in touch! :)

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  23. I like to think things are going in the right direction but they’re moving very slowly. For some, success happens immediately for others it’s a slow, laborious process. I’m more in the latter case. But I’ve always worked hard and I remain hopeful that it’ll pay off. I’m intentionally being vague but suffice to say that it depends on each individual’s definition of “success” and “paying off”. For some, being married at 24 and living in Paris means I “made it”. To me, having found Cédric means that I have one less thing to worry about and 900 other things that arise in its place! I’ll leave it at this: I’m crossing my fingers that what I’m involved in takes off!

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    • Hmmm…so mysterious Lindsey – now you have me wondering what you have up your sleeve. :) Whatever it is, I have no doubt that you will be successful – and I can’t wait to hear all about it when you’re ready to share! In the end, hard work takes time, there are VERY few people who achieve “overnight success”…

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  24. I like to think things are going in the right direction but they’re moving very slowly. For some, success happens immediately for others it’s a slow, laborious process. I’m more in the latter case. But I’ve always worked hard and I remain hopeful that it’ll pay off. I’m intentionally being vague but suffice to say that it depends on each individual’s definition of “success” and “paying off”. For some, being married at 24 and living in Paris means I “made it”. To me, having found Cédric means that I have one less thing to worry about and 900 other things that arise in its place! I’ll leave it at this: I’m crossing my fingers that what I’m involved in takes off!

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    • Hmmm…so mysterious Lindsey – now you have me wondering what you have up your sleeve. :) Whatever it is, I have no doubt that you will be successful – and I can’t wait to hear all about it when you’re ready to share! In the end, hard work takes time, there are VERY few people who achieve “overnight success”…

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  25. I’ve worked hard to turn online friendships into offline friendships, and holy hell has it paid off in the BEST ways.

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    • Cheers to that Nicole. When the hell are you going to be back in Chicago? Your reputation proceeds itself and I have to see for myself if you possess as much “awesomeness” as the people here have been raving about.

      Social Media and blogging is great – but mostly because it’s led to some “REAL LIFE” relationships, partnerships, connections, and above all, friendships.

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  26. I’ve worked hard to turn online friendships into offline friendships, and holy hell has it paid off in the BEST ways.

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    • Cheers to that Nicole. When the hell are you going to be back in Chicago? Your reputation proceeds itself and I have to see for myself if you possess as much “awesomeness” as the people here have been raving about.

      Social Media and blogging is great – but mostly because it’s led to some “REAL LIFE” relationships, partnerships, connections, and above all, friendships.

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  27. Matt, I just love how you write. I appreciate your entusiasm for life, and I thank you for pouring that into all of us. You are going to do big things, my friend!

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    • Bryna. You are awesome, seriously. I’m humbled that you are a fan of what I try to put together. It’s been great to connect with you – hopefully our paths will cross in “real” life soon – and I’ll keep doing everything I can to keep up my passion for life (I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon). Have a great weekend!

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  28. Matt, I just love how you write. I appreciate your entusiasm for life, and I thank you for pouring that into all of us. You are going to do big things, my friend!

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    • Bryna. You are awesome, seriously. I’m humbled that you are a fan of what I try to put together. It’s been great to connect with you – hopefully our paths will cross in “real” life soon – and I’ll keep doing everything I can to keep up my passion for life (I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon). Have a great weekend!

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  29. Ever since I quit my job in March, I’ve been continuously looking for ways that I could best create value for other people (and make a living while doing so). I’ve made false starts and have gone down the wrong road several times. Although I’m technically unemployed I made a commitment to devote myself to working every week day. Now, I prefer to think of unemployment as “self-employment with no fixed income.” Unlike when I had a job, I don’t know when my payday will be. It could be next month or next year. I think it’s worth waiting for.

    What has hard work done for me this year? It’s provided me with an incredible education. I’ve acquired skills I’d never thought I would have, and have learned more about myself this year than any other.

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    • I’m with you there Kenji – I’ve been able to self-educate myself on so many things this year – I’ve opened myself up to accepting feedback and learning – and when you’re willing to learn new things, it’s amazing how much you can really grow. Kudos to you, and here’s to another successful year ahead!

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  30. Ever since I quit my job in March, I’ve been continuously looking for ways that I could best create value for other people (and make a living while doing so). I’ve made false starts and have gone down the wrong road several times. Although I’m technically unemployed I made a commitment to devote myself to working every week day. Now, I prefer to think of unemployment as “self-employment with no fixed income.” Unlike when I had a job, I don’t know when my payday will be. It could be next month or next year. I think it’s worth waiting for.

    What has hard work done for me this year? It’s provided me with an incredible education. I’ve acquired skills I’d never thought I would have, and have learned more about myself this year than any other.

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    • I’m with you there Kenji – I’ve been able to self-educate myself on so many things this year – I’ve opened myself up to accepting feedback and learning – and when you’re willing to learn new things, it’s amazing how much you can really grow. Kudos to you, and here’s to another successful year ahead!

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  31. Yes…I mean no…Wait..definitely a yes but I was at the beach at the same time. Does that count?

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  32. Yes…I mean no…Wait..definitely a yes but I was at the beach at the same time. Does that count?

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  33. Great post! Hard work truly does pay off! I worked hard in 2008 and 2009, and landed myself in a great PR graduate program at Syracuse University. This post reminded me of something I tweeted about the other day, about making lemonade when life give you lemons; I attached the link below. It’s 2 minutes and 17 seconds worth watching, about people whose layoffs led to the motivation to finally do what they wanted with their lives. This was the first post I read of yours Matt, but I have no doubt I’ll keep coming back!

    http://www.lemonademovie.com/

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    • Love the concept of Lemonade – saw the trailer a couple months ago and have been looking forward to seeing the full thing ever since. It’s a great message that even in times of great stress (such as getting laid off) – every situation can be seen as an opportunity for growth and success. A powerful message that we should all take to heart more often. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Great post! Hard work truly does pay off! I worked hard in 2008 and 2009, and landed myself in a great PR graduate program at Syracuse University. This post reminded me of something I tweeted about the other day, about making lemonade when life give you lemons; I attached the link below. It’s 2 minutes and 17 seconds worth watching, about people whose layoffs led to the motivation to finally do what they wanted with their lives. This was the first post I read of yours Matt, but I have no doubt I’ll keep coming back!

    http://www.lemonademovie.com/

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    • Love the concept of Lemonade – saw the trailer a couple months ago and have been looking forward to seeing the full thing ever since. It’s a great message that even in times of great stress (such as getting laid off) – every situation can be seen as an opportunity for growth and success. A powerful message that we should all take to heart more often. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. I just discovered your blog and WOW. What a first post to have read! And what a time in my life when I needed to read just that. I may have to revisit this soon! I quit my job I felt understimulated and underused at in August to travel for three months. Well I just got back and I am jobless and trying to figure out a way to revamp my life and get inspired. Its amazing hearing what everyone is doing with their lives but I often wonder, how can I do the same? I haven’t figured that out yet, but hopefully one day soon! :)

    Excellent post! I will definitely be back!

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    • Hi Ashley – great to have you aboard. However you stumbled across Life Without Pants, I’m glad you did. I envy you taking some time off to travel – It’s something I hope I can make time for myself in the not too distant future. Believe me when I say I still do not know what I want to do with my life. I have a general idea – I have goals and things I want to accomplish, but for the most part, the journey ahead of me is an open book – not a destination or one single dream I HAVE to achieve. I think you’re whole life is spent figuring out your passions and discovering new interests. So don’t worry about “figuring it all out” right now.

      Hope we’ll be able to chat more moving forward Ashley. Thanks again for reaching out!

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  36. I just discovered your blog and WOW. What a first post to have read! And what a time in my life when I needed to read just that. I may have to revisit this soon! I quit my job I felt understimulated and underused at in August to travel for three months. Well I just got back and I am jobless and trying to figure out a way to revamp my life and get inspired. Its amazing hearing what everyone is doing with their lives but I often wonder, how can I do the same? I haven’t figured that out yet, but hopefully one day soon! :)

    Excellent post! I will definitely be back!

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    • Hi Ashley – great to have you aboard. However you stumbled across Life Without Pants, I’m glad you did. I envy you taking some time off to travel – It’s something I hope I can make time for myself in the not too distant future. Believe me when I say I still do not know what I want to do with my life. I have a general idea – I have goals and things I want to accomplish, but for the most part, the journey ahead of me is an open book – not a destination or one single dream I HAVE to achieve. I think you’re whole life is spent figuring out your passions and discovering new interests. So don’t worry about “figuring it all out” right now.

      Hope we’ll be able to chat more moving forward Ashley. Thanks again for reaching out!

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  37. Matt,

    It’s amazing that just one year can result in so much change. In fact most people will actually tell you that the majority of bloggers/online business ventures don’t even make it past the first 6 months. To me that was just a sign that sticking with it for just one year will reap tremendous rewards. Sure, I don’t make money on my blog today. Sure I don’t have 1000+ RSS readers, but every day I’m learning and every single day I’m improving. I’m moving more and more towards running a blog as a business. I think we all have this superhuman potential inside of us, and we just have to unleash it and be willing to take risks. The naysayers will always surface when you go against the grain, but that’s only because they are scared that you are taking control of your life and they know they can, but are choosing not to.

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    • 100% agree – at at the end of the day, as long as your moving, your living. As long as your learning and growing, you’re doing the right thing. I’m not making any money with the blog either, but it has led t some outstanding opportunities away from the blog, and most importantly, it helped me get my current job and has allowed me to establish some amazing relationships both on and offline. I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

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  38. Matt,

    It’s amazing that just one year can result in so much change. In fact most people will actually tell you that the majority of bloggers/online business ventures don’t even make it past the first 6 months. To me that was just a sign that sticking with it for just one year will reap tremendous rewards. Sure, I don’t make money on my blog today. Sure I don’t have 1000+ RSS readers, but every day I’m learning and every single day I’m improving. I’m moving more and more towards running a blog as a business. I think we all have this superhuman potential inside of us, and we just have to unleash it and be willing to take risks. The naysayers will always surface when you go against the grain, but that’s only because they are scared that you are taking control of your life and they know they can, but are choosing not to.

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    • 100% agree – at at the end of the day, as long as your moving, your living. As long as your learning and growing, you’re doing the right thing. I’m not making any money with the blog either, but it has led t some outstanding opportunities away from the blog, and most importantly, it helped me get my current job and has allowed me to establish some amazing relationships both on and offline. I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

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  48. We should do even hard work in time failing which the time doesn’t come back to you. Moreover, you have to open the door when an opportunity knocks the door. What happens in my case I didn’t realize which is my right opportunity & When I want to get back the kind of an opportunity I couldn’t. But I am not losing my hopefulness even though the years have passed before I started realizing the value of hard work.

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    Sometime you have to sit alone and relax and breath in and out, start to analyse your entire profile how that interacted with the past and correct your present gradually is the best suggestion to improvise ourselves

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