I said last month that moving forward I was going to try to keep each month to a specified theme. It will prevent redundancy and will keep things a little more organized. Rather than throwing a bunch of various principles around at once, it could be more effective to implement changes in one area at a time. This past month I’ve improved my work ethic a great deal. Quite ironic actually, since I don’t actually work. But in everything I’ve done, I’ve put a little extra effort into it, and I can notice the results.
“The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A very standard concept, but it’s true in every capacity. CEOs of companies have worked hard for years to earn such accolades and achieve such status. I have been getting up earlier than some people who commute to work everyday to go to the gym. By the time I get home, lots of people are just starting their days or even still asleep. “The gym is always a lot less crowded on May 1st as it is on January 1st”. It’s a lot less crowded at 7am than it is at 11am too.
“Don’t worry about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance, and determination.” – Sir Thomas Treves
They say it takes 10,000 hours to really master something. It’s not so much about the level of skill but rather the constant work to achieve that desired level of progress. We get rewarded for our efforts in one way or another. Set a goal and don’t let anyone or anything deter you until you get there.
“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather
I have applied to hundreds of jobs with very little success other than making a few connections. But I’m certain there’s still a great job out there with my name on it. And rather than being discouraged, if I have to apply to a hundred more then so be it, I will. Giving up doesn’t achieve much except a cowardly lack of engagement with adversity. “If you don’t have the strength in yourself to keep walking, to keep moving to the next door, then you don’t really have a shot”.
“I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln
Keep moving in the right direction. When nothing appears to be working, keep attacking it head on, and the door will open. “Remind yourself what of what the door opening will feel like, and why concentrating on that next step forward means everything”. I’ve gotten more rejection emails in the past month than every month past combined. But I am determined to make connections and email/call until I get what I want.
If that video doesn’t light a fire under your ass, I don’t know what to tell you other than you need to figure it out. I’m ready to run through a wall after watching it.