We’ve all heard the story about the turtle and the hare. The turtle, slowly, but surely heading towards the finish line, beating out the quick, but lazy rabbit. Obviously, there is a moral to that story, and here it is:
Just because you’re a genius, or you think you’re smarter than 90 percent of the population, nothing (and I mean NOTHING) beats out a good work ethic. A good work ethic means showing up every day and working towards your goals. It means putting in the time it takes in order to get from point A to point B, and not letting the distractions of life prevent you from hitting that finish line.
The world is full of high-powered executives who didn’t go to Harvard or Yale and who aren’t necessarily smarter or more talented than you. The difference between the executive and the entry level (or the unemployed, for that matter), is the work put in.
The executive has paid his dues. He has probably worked for various companies, built valuable relationships, and now has the clout and resume necessary to work in an executive-level position.
You may be a super genius. You may be the next Mark Zuckerberg for all I know, but that won’t mean anything if it’s not geared toward any focused goals.
I’m not sure if you saw the movie, The Social Network, but if you did, you saw that Zuckerberg and the programmers for facebook, the ones who are essentially responsible for the social media-giant, were certainly not sitting around. They were docked at computer stations, typing code days on end.
Now, you don’t need to lock yourself in a way, sitting at a computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to get ahead. But how about this, for all of those employed, and unemployed, give yourself a goal. From Monday morning between 9 and 10, to Friday night between 6 and 7, work toward that goal. Without distractions, without doubt (doubt is toxic to success), and without lazing around.
Working toward your goals, slowly, steadily, and putting in the the proper time (40 hours a week minimum of actual work) I can assure you, you can achieve your goals. Whatever they may be.
Take the dream challenge!