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?