Success is not your birth right. A common thread of misconception that binds this new generation together is the misconception of entitlement. However, success doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t just fall out of the sky and is certainly not biased to people labelled as “talented”. I was listening to a podcast of a successful entrepreneur the other day, and he said, the best substitute to talent is your work ethic.
In the planning of success, hard work and smart work both plays an equally important role. Hard work without smart work is like planting seeds in barren land. You will put in a lot of efforts, but it will all go down the drain. Smart work without hard work is like knowing the path but not walking the path consistently.
SUCCESS | HARD WORK OR SMART WORK?
Hard work is about mastering the skill set. It takes time and a lot of failures. Without bruises, cuts, and tears no one has ever became master of their craft. Smart work require doing things that are most productive and time effective. How can you achieve your set goal in a shorter period? It is easy to slip into comfort zone and stick to our old ways of doing things which might have gone obsolete and are not serving the purpose anymore.
The combination of game planning and execution along with sticking to your calendar consistently without any drop in faith, belief, and excitement in the process is what creates success. Any one of the key elements missing will lead to disappointment and that is where you start blaming everything and the sense of entitlement surfaces. The key is to catch yourself before it goes beyond a point of recovery.
To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. -Leonard Bernstein
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
-Paul J. Meyer