I’m a firm supporter of hard work, and I believe success is impossible without hard work. However, I believe some factors can make your hard work useless. These factors might make you fail regardless of how hard you work.
Here are they:
- Playing Safe
Hard work and playing safe equals frustration and lack of progress. Hard work only works if you take risks because taking risks opens you up to many opportunities which can result in you making huge steps in your career.
Therefore, be ready to be left behind if you are a risk-averse hard worker because you’ll always avoid taking advantage of risky opportunities that your competitors will exploit.
‘Travelling on a risk-free road, unfortunately, won’t get you to any important destination.’ – Ernie Zelinski
- The Lack of Uniqueness
Your hard work will be as useless as shit if you don’t stand out. In the book, Purple Cow, Seth Godin explains how your business or project might fail to attract customers if you don’t offer unique services or products. Today, the competition is tough, and your talent or business won’t get noticed if it is not unique. To be noticed, you have to offer something unique the way Lana Del Rey does it in the music industry. You have to be remarkable and different because no matter how hard you work, you might fail if what you offer is common.
- Poor Social Skills
Your hard work might be as useless as trap music if you don’t have the right connections. Poor social skills prevent you from having the right connections because they push people away. Besides this, they prevent you from effectively networking hence reducing your chances of success. Conversely, good social skills attract success because they make you a good networker who attracts people with the right connections.
- Poor Health
No matter how hard you work, you won’t succeed if you neglect your health. Poor health leads to failure because it results in decreased energy and focus levels. Besides this, poor health increases your chances of contracting diseases that might force you to regularly take long breaks from your work hence preventing you from being consistent, thus leading to failure.
- A Poor Team
If you are working on something with two or more people, your hard work will be useless as my high school diploma if your partners are lazy, unfocused, risk-averse, stupid, egocentric, weed-smoking, alcoholic idiots. These folks will always drag you ten steps behind every time you make a huge step forward. Besides this, you will also waste lots of energy and time trying to make them a suitable team.
All people who succeeded after working with a team did so because they worked with team members who were as determined and focused as them. Therefore, realize that your hard work will be wasted if you have a poor team.
Working hard and still failing is a depressive thing. Therefore, we must always pinpoint the factors that can make us fail regardless of our hard work. I believe there are many other factors that can make an individual’s hard work useless. You are free to add these factors to the comment box below.
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If You Are Chasing Your Dream, You Are Fucked
This article is strictly meant for all those fucked up folks chasing their dreams. I always give you guys good news, but today I have bad news for you.
I believe you’ve put yourself in serious trouble by deciding to pursue your dreams because you have no choice but to persevere the hardships that all dream chasers face. You’ll have to endure the sleepless nights, anxieties, doubts, the feeling of giving up, and all other ‘negative’ things associated with dream chasing.
The good thing is that you can avoid these hardships by giving up. However, if you give up, you’ll have to live with deep regret and severe depression for the rest of your life because you’ll see people who were less skilled than you achieving what you gave up on.
Let’s say you want to be a rich and famous actor, and you know that you have higher chances of achieving this dream than most people. However, you give up after facing various challenges. A few years later, you see the people you knew were worse than you becoming award-winning actors. How will you feel?
You’ll feel bad, and people will notice it, and they’ll remind you that you had a better chance at succeeding yet you gave up.
That being said, it’s clear that you are fucked if you are following your dreams because you’ve set yourself for either regret or facing the many obstacles dream chasers face.
You’ll live with regret if you give up, and if you don’t give up, you’ll have to work hard till the day you’ll succeed. You’ll have to make lots of sacrifices, face criticism and rejection, force yourself to work every single day and experience slow progress even though you are working your ass-off.
I’m sorry for you dear because as a dream chaser, there is no turning back since you are like someone who landed on an island and burned all his boats. You just have to face the hardships dream chasers face or give up and drown in depression, stress, and anger forever. Either Way, You Are Fucked.
It’s horrifying, but it’s the damn truth. Following your dreams isn’t all fun and games, and so is living with REGRET and drowning in alcoholism because you gave up.
I love you so much. Thanks for reading
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The One Thing You Must Know About Success Right Now
Almost everyone wants to succeed. However, only a few individuals succeed since most people including hard workers, disciplined folks, and big dreamers give up because of one thing. It takes long before an individual succeeds.
Recently, I wondered why it was taking long for my blog to attract a large audience. For this reason, I decided to study how long it took for successful people to succeed, and I realized that it took a freakin long time. For example, it took around 13 years of hard work for Eminem to blow up. Eminem started rapping when he was 14, and he released his first successful and popular album, The Slim Shady LP, in 1999 when he was around 27.
Besides Eminem, it also took around 8 to 11 years of programming for Bill Gates to succeed. Bill Gates gained an interest in programming when he was around 13, and he launched Microsoft in 1975 when he was almost 20. Remember, Microsoft did not blow up immediately after its launching. It took a few more years before it became successful.
I can give you millions of examples that prove success is a long journey. For example, Naturi Naughton started singing when she was 5, and she joined 3LW, a girl band when she was 14, and the band released an album which went platinum when Naturi was 16. Therefore, it took almost 11 years of singing before Naturi Naughton became a successful singer
With this in mind, it’s clear that success is a long journey, and if you want to be successful, you must be willing to dedicate 5 to 15 years to hard work, consistency, discipline, anxiety, sacrifice, and perseverance before you see the first signs of success. Many people give up when they realize that their success is taking too long to appear. The one thing they don’t know is that this shit takes long, and only those who are willing to persevere will succeed.
You might think 5 to 15 years of working towards your dream is a short period of time. But remember if it was a short period, everyone could have achieved their dreams. Many people give up because they can’t stand working hard, and persevering for this long. The good thing is that you and I are not ‘many people.’ We were destined for greatness, and for this reason, we will persist until we succeed.
I did not write this article to discourage you. I just wanted to be real with you. I have studied many successful people and this is what I realized. I wanted you to know that if you want to succeed, you must be in for the long haul. The good thing is that you will definitely win if you don’t give up.
That being said, are you a big dreamer, who’s in for the long haul? Are you ready to stay with me till we win? Are you ready to fight until the end? If you are ready, type YES in the comment box below, and know that you will win if you fight till the end.
No one has ever failed to succeed after working hard without giving up. SEE YOU AT THE TOP folks.
‘Life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who can demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they succeed.’ – Peter Guber, Entrepreneur, & Author
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