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Hard Work Is The Key To Success

In this article, I will write about why hard work is the key to success in business and life. This may seem obvious, the harder you work, the more you will achieve. However, many people in life are often looking for a shortcut to success. While a few people may get lucky and win various sorts of lotteries in life, I believe that for the majority of people; hard work is the key to success. Let’s expand on this idea a bit more.

Hard Work Is The Key To Success

In previous articles I have written about how consistency is key when you are engaging in media production and business activities. You must put forth a consistent level of hard work in order to succeed in society today. Successful entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban have stated in interviews that he believes hard work is the key to success. Think about it for a moment. Whenever you engage in any kind of business activity you are rarely operating in a “vacuum” as Mark Cuban describes it. There are always competitive forces around you. You always need to outwork your competition in order to succeed.

People Respect Work Ethic

When you see someone working hard to achieve their goals, it can be inspiring. People tend to respect others who have worked hard to achieve what they did, rather than someone who simply got very lucky. Imagine a co-worker who wins a large lottery and quits their job. The co-workers who have to remain working at that job may resent the lottery winning co-worker and their newly found wealth. This is why I believe you should not always seek to get ahead in life by some kind of lucky or extremely risky tactic. Sometimes you may get lucky here and there in life and business, but you should not bet on it. Count on the fact that working hard will bring you success. That’s a guarantee you can be sure of.

Winners Work Hard

Billionaire founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, has stated similar sentiments in the past about the power of hard work. In interviews he has said that you can accomplish in 4 months what would take someone else a year if you work 100 hours per week. Watch the video clip below to hear Elon talk about the power of hard work when asked about how to succeed as an entrepreneur.

So don’t just take my word for it. Billionaires like Mark Cuban and Elon Musk are telling you the exact same thing. The key to success is hard work. The only other way you might get successful is by luck, and you don’t want to bank on luck. You want to do what you know works, and that’s hard work.

Conclusion

So if you’re an entrepreneur of any kind you need to realize this fact. Success will not magically materialize by itself. You need to put in the work. Focus, work hard, and success will happen. You just need to be consistent, vigilant, and never give up. I believe if we all work hard we can achieve. Thank you for reading this blog today and let’s all keep our heads down and get to work on achieving our dreams and goals for the future.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Ideas Motivation Psychology

Passion: Do What You Love To Do

In this blog I will write about the power of really following your passion and doing what you love to do. It seems like an obvious thing but let’s expand this a bit more deeply. This idea was recently brought to my attention by author Gary Vaynerchuk. He talks about the idea that people are not really lazy, they just do not like what they are currently doing in life. In other words, individuals are often not passionate about what they try to do in life, and then wonder why they do not succeed.

Passion

Once you listen to Gary talk about this idea, you understand it, it makes sense. Let me explain how it relates to me. Sometimes I feel really uninspired to make music. I’m not sure why I have this pressure to produce music. At one point, I had a goal to be a successful music producer. If I am not pursuing that goal, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I am lazy. Maybe, deep down, I am just not as passionate about being a music producer as I used to be. That’s okay. Passions can change over time. They say that once you find your true passion it does not feel like work. If making music is starting to feel like work, then maybe it is not my passion.

Finding what you enjoy

If you could make a living and have it not feel at all like work, what would you be doing? Writing, for me, seems like a fairly enjoyable to make an income. For others it might not be their passion. What’s cool about writing is that you can basically do it until the day you die. Even if you are unable to physically type words into a computer, you could record yourself and have it transcribed into written word. In tough times, our thoughts and ideas are often what we are left with. You can almost always find something new to write about. Think about what you love to do that doesn’t feel at all like work, this is your passion.

Conclusion

I am going to keep this blog post very short today to enforce the point of this article. Writing a super long blog post today would feel like work to me, and probably feel like work to you as a reader as well. Keep what you do enjoyable, but don’t overdo it. If you love being a DJ, go for it, but don’t DJ 18 hours a day, you’ll burn out. Everything in moderation.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Ideas Life Motivation

Remember That You Will Die

Normally we do not like to think about our own death. The thought can be frightening. Once I had an experience where I felt like I was close to death. That experience changed my perspective on life forever. I believe that everyone should take some time to think about their own death. It can have profound implications on how you live your life today.

Everyone dies

Reminding yourself of your own mortality is one of the most powerful things you can do to motivate yourself to take action today. Here is how Steve Jobs put it in a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs

This quote from Steve Jobs resonates with me very deeply. Once you have had an experience of being close to death, you start to look at life from this perspective as well. This ties in with the idea I have written about before of living your life the way you want to live it. We only have this one life, we should live life to the fullest and enjoy the gift of every day. Do not waste your life engaging in something you dislike daily in order to gain some potential reward in the future. That future may never arrive.

Imagine you are diagnosed with an incurable cancer and given months to live. Your life might get cut short by a tragic auto accident. Would you be happy with how you have lived your life? Did you fulfill those dreams that you had? Would you be satisfied with how you spent your last day on this earth? These are a few powerful questions to think about.

Conclusion

Do not give away days, weeks, months, and years of your life to fulfill the agenda of someone else. If you are not satisfied with what you are doing then make a change. Life is short and time can fly by before you know it. As time goes by you will want to look back on what you did being proud and satisfied with that you have accomplished. Work hard to achieve something great that you can personally be proud of. Do not waste this precious life. It is a gift.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie

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Live Your Life The Way You Want To

As far as we know, we only get this one life to live. We should live our lives the way we want to live them. For some of us, most of our lives are spent doing things we do not actually want to do. Many of us feel like we are forced to work in jobs we dislike, in order to put food on our table and have a roof over our heads. What if there was a way to do what you really wanted to do and still make a living?

Living Life on Your Terms

You should start trying to live life on your terms. We see other people around us doing it. Authors, musicians, film directors, celebrities, mostly seem to be living a life they actually enjoy. Some making millions of dollars while they are at it. Engaging in work they are passionate about. Why can’t this be you or I? The key is to taking action towards the goal of enjoying your life by doing something you are passionate about for a living. Many of us have had these dreams in the past, maybe we wanted to be musicians, actors, or comedians, but we gave it up. We need to rekindle our dreams.

Negative People

If you have a dream to do something extraordinary, people around you may try to burst your bubble. Imagine you have a goal to write a great novel that will be read by millions of people all around the world. You will most likely have at least someone discouraging the idea. There will usually be someone there to try and bring you down. Do not listen to these kinds of people. They likely wish that they had the same ambition as you. It may be best to keep certain ambitions to yourself.

Take Control of Your Life

You need to be in control of your life. You need to be a leader, not a follower. Do not spend all day consuming content from other people in order to help you succeed. Do not procrastinate. This is real life, not an assignment in school. Billions of people around the world are working just as hard as you in order to succeed. You will need to step up your game if you want to succeed on your own terms. Being self-employed is not easy.

Being Your Own Boss

If you want to have true freedom in life you will need to be your own boss. You will need to create value for other people but you have to do it under your own personal name. If you work for a company there is nothing wrong with that, but you will create value under their name and brand, and not as much under yours. If you want to be your own boss you need to work for yourself and build your name in the community. You need to create intellectual property. If you are a writer, you need to write a book. A photographer should be taking thousands of photos, a musician should be writing hundreds of songs.

Many of the richest people in the world became that way by starting companies as founders or co-founders. Individuals such as Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates are among these people. If they had not started their own companies we would not have these large, wealth generating businesses that we have today. It pays to be your own boss.

Conclusion

It is not always possible to be your own boss if you are working a job but you can still try to find time to work on a side hustle business. It may end up being a full time self-employed job in a matter of time. Just never give up that entrepreneurial spirit to try to create a new company of your own. Remember, jobs can come and go, they can fire you. No one can fire a self-employed writer. No one can fire a freelance photographer. You might lose a particular gig here and there but no one can stop you from practicing your craft. Think about it.

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope I helped inspire you to life your live more on your terms. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie