Noun: Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
Verb: Be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, esp. in one’s job; do work.
My dreams = (time + effort) x everyday
This past weekend I ran my first Triathlon. It was incredible. After taking photos at my first Triathlon two years ago, I was amazed at the endurance and challenge of this sport. I was hooked and I knew I had to do it.
It wasn’t until the beginning of this summer when I decided it was time to cross this one off the bucket list. I knew it would not be easy. I am neither a natural runner, swimmer or biker. In fact, I don’t remember running more than 1km since the 10th grade. But this was something I wanted to challenge myself with and achieve. Slowly and with lots of persistance, I began my training, putting in hours in the morning before work and after work. I was learning how to run and how to swim again.
The power of hard work is unmistakeable. I was able to complete the Short distance in 1 hour and 2 minutes, 2 minutes longer than my goal. I amazed myself at my swim and run time, achieving personal bests compared to my training in both.
This leads me to my rant:
Do work. There are no excuses for hard work. There is no replacement for work. There are no shortcuts to the places worth going. Sometimes you must trudge through ankle deep in shit to get to where you really want to go. How badly do you want to achieve what you want? How far are you willing to go? Make the choice. There are no more excuses to get to the places where you want to be. I’m making my choice. Here is some inspiration to help you through your work.
Watch this. The first one is a text piece by Ira Glass that I’m sure I have shared before. The second is an interview of Jack White talking about work and inspiration.
A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. But the thing I would say to you with all my heart: most everyone I know who does interesting, creative work, went through years of this. We knew our work didn’t have this special thing that we wanted it to have. Everybody goes through this. – Ira Glass
“Inspiration and work ethic – they ride right next to each other” – Jack White
Read this article about hustling and working your ass off.
Here’s the deal. Most of us are average. Average intelligence, average athleticism, and average looking. And most of us have had some setbacks in our life that can serve as a disadvantage. In short, we’re pretty much on the same playing field as millions and millions of people. And yet despite our average minds and builds most of us believe deep down that we are destined for something extraordinary, that we’re special. But most men really aren’t. But not because they’re average. Because they won’t hustle to get what they want.
Listen to this playlist. In the morning. While you make breakfast. While you commute to work. While you run. While you bike. While you draw. While you design. While you hustle. While you pray. While you workout. While you sleep.
The secret to getting ahead in this world is first getting started. You can’t let fear stand in the way of your dreams. You cannot think ‘oh what if this doesn’t work’. If you believe enough in the process and the end result, success is going to come to you. It will. You’ve just gotta be willing to see it through the end.