I’m a firm supporter of hard work, and I believe success is impossible without hard work. However, I believe some factors can make hard work useless. These factors might make you fail even after working so hard.
Here are they:
Hard work and playing safe equals frustration and lack of progress. Hard work only works if you take risks because risks expose you to opportunities.
‘Travelling on a risk-free road, unfortunately, won’t get you to any important destination.’ – Ernie Zelinski
2.The Lack of Uniqueness
Today, most careers are competitive: therefore, to be noticed, you must offer something unique. You have to be remarkable and different because no matter how hard you work, you might fail if whatever you offer in the market is common.
3.Poor Social Skills
Your hard work might be useless as trap music if you lack the right connections. Poor social skills prevent you from having the right connections because they push people away. Besides, they prevent you from effectively networking hence reducing your chances of success.
No matter how hard you work, you won’t succeed if you neglect your health. Poor health weakens your immune system and makes you vulnerable to diseases that might force you to take long breaks from your work hence preventing you from being consistent, thus leading to failure.
5.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, and egocentric. These folks will always drag you ten steps behind every time you make a huge step forward. Furthermore, you’ll waste lots of energy and time trying to make them a suitable team.
All people who succeeded after working with a team worked with determined and focused team members. For this reason, you have low chances of succeeding if you are working with a poor team.
Working hard and still failing is depressing. Therefore, we must always pinpoint the factors that can make us fail regardless of our hard work and deal with them. You are free to add more of these factors in the comment box below.
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Don’t Let the Society’s Idea of Success Drive You Crazy
‘I desire a good life for my family, but that does not have to include a range of cars, a yacht in every port or another million.’ – Philip Gardiner
According to modern society, a successful individual is a person with lots of money, mansions, flashy cars, yachts, and other expensive trendy products. Most of us strive to live by this idea, and for this reason, we are stressed because this type of success always seems far away.
Furthermore, we buy trendy things we don’t need, and we take loans to buy these things so that we live by this idea of success. We then notice that these things are useless to our well-being and succumb to depression after realizing that we’ve gotten in debt as a result of trying to live by the society’s idea of success.
The sad thing is most of us start thinking we are unworthy because we haven’t met this type of success, and we constantly think about the future and worry whether we’ll achieve success.
We should discard this idea of success and prevent it from governing our lives and driving us crazy by realizing that it’s not a universal truth since it’s just an idea constructed after the industrial revolution.
A long time ago, people were not obsessed with attaining material success because they focused on spiritual development, accessing higher dimensions, understanding the universe, and becoming moral. And although these individuals valued material success and had ways of measuring it, they seldom obsessed over it.
Therefore, the idea that a person’s worth is determined by material success is a modern idea, and it should not drive you crazy. We were not created in a magical world – spinning on nothingness – to obsess over material success. Instead, we were created in this magical world, with millions of possibilities, to live whatever life we want.
For this reason, we should stop trying to align with an idea of material success that was created by capitalists so that we work in their companies 24/7, participate in expanding their companies by buying several products, and waste our money on expensive but useless things.
We should let our hearts guide us in creating our goals, and we should go after them even when we’ll not attain the society’s idea of success by attaining them. As well, we should also stop worrying and avoid thinking we are crazy when our goals don’t align with the society’s idea of success.
Lastly, we should strive to do whatever leads to fulfillment, and discard society’s idea of success because it makes us focus too much on the future, and it might eventually drive us crazy.
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The 5 Major Stages You Must Go Through When Chasing Your Dreams
After studying the biographies of many successful folks, I realized that all of them went through the same stages of dream chasing regardless of their socio-economic status. I summarized these stages into five stages which I believe you’ll also go through if you are chasing your dreams.
Here are they:
Stage 1 – Idea
Here, you’ll give birth to a great idea that you’ll want to turn into reality. For instance, if you are an aspiring writer, you’ll want to turn your thoughts into a best-selling book, and if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll discover a wonderful business idea which you’ll want to turn into a successful company.
Stage 2 – Enthusiasm
After discovering the idea, you’ll visualize the life you’ll live when you’ll achieve your dreams, and you’ll tell your friends and family about this life. You’ll then research on how you’ll turn your idea into reality, and you’ll start working enthusiastically because you’ll want to live your dream as soon as possible.
Stage 3 – Disappointment
After working for a period of 6 – 18 months, you’ll be disappointed because you’ll make little progress despite working hard. For instance, if you are an aspiring vlogger, you’ll realize that getting 10,000 subscribers is not easy, or if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll be disappointed because your business might fail to make profits.
Besides this, you’ll realize that dream chasing demands funding, but few people are willing to support you. Primarily, you’ll realize that it might take longer to achieve your dreams. These challenges will make you want to give up.
Most people quit chasing their dreams at this stage.
Stage 4 – Perseverance
If you really want to achieve your dreams, you’ll decide to persevere. You’ll face obstacles fearlessly, and you’ll commit yourself to overcoming them. Besides, you’ll avoid everything and everyone that might prevent you from achieving your dreams. Also, rejection, failure, and naysayers won’t stop you from working hard.
You’ll also realize that only those who persevere achieve their dreams, and you’ll work like hell. Moreover, you’ll strive to make the journey enjoyable so that you don’t give up.
Most folks make their journey enjoyable by making friends with like-minded people.
Stage 5 – Success
After working for a long period without quitting, you’ll become highly skilled, and many people will love your services/products. If you are a writer, many people will be willing to buy your books, and if you are a businessman, people will be interested in your products. You’ll then use the money you’ll earn to buy whatever you want and travel wherever you want. You’ll be so fulfilled.
It’s easy to dream, but difficult to achieve dreams. Most people quit when they realize they’ll have to work for a long period before they achieve their dreams. Only those who persevere succeed because they never give up. We must thus join the perseverers if we want to boost the chances of achieving our dreams.
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