Success is never easy

Success requires a lot, and I mean, A LOT of hard work and dedication. The qualities of a hard worker include: passion, diligence, persistence, determination, perseverance, grit, and many more.

Contrary to popular belief, luck doesn’t really count for much. People don’t just “get lucky” and achieve their goals. However, I rather view it as a simple equation: Luck equals preparation meets opportunity.

Preparation refers to the hard work you have put in, and the opportunity refers to the right timing for you to showcase your results.

All of it lies in the person’s character and abilities. If he is determined to achieve his goals, and the more aggressive he is at doing so, then he naturally opens up more opportunities in life. In tough times, the real winners are those that are persistent in their aim, and they are separated from those who quitter early.

“Winners never quit, quitters never win.”

The Other Side Of The Story

People usually have this notion of being a successful person equates to having a glamorous life, having lots of fans, attending major events, appearing on the headline news, running big businesses, etc. However, that is just the side of them that are publicized.

No one talks about the tough times that those famous figures experienced, while trying to get to where they are now. It’s so easy to be jealous of people when you see the results that achieve, but little do we know, how many rejections or failures he faced before succeeding in whatever he is doing.

There is a lot of work and discipline involved in accomplishing your goals, and there is no shortcut or easy way to reach it. It is the only way, through steady progress and countless attempts of applying persistence into what he is doing.

Developing Productivity To Do More

There are plenty of distractions all around us: Internet, phone, television, friends, music, sleep, social media, magazines, etc. If you are not careful, you will get sucked in by all the distractions and will forget to do your work.

To counter that, first you have to shut off all types of distractions when you are doing your work. Be disciplined and turn them all off, place them somewhere else where you wont see them.

Categorizing your to-do list into 4 parts:

1)   Urgent and Important (Critical activities)

2)   Important but not Urgent (Important goals)

3)   Urgent but not Important (Interruptions)

4)   Not Urgent and not Important (Distractions)

Start prioritizing on “urgent and important” tasks and let the rest wait. These are things like crisis, deadlines, problems that have to be dealt with immediately.

The next in line are “important but not urgent” tasks. These are activities that help you achieve your personal and professional goals and also complete important work. Leave plenty of time to do these so they do not become “urgent”.

Up next comes “urgent but not important” tasks. These are temporary interruptions that stop you from achieving your goals, and stop you from doing your work. Either reschedule these tasks, or delegate them to someone else to do it for you.

Lastly, “not urgent and not important” tasks are distractions and should be avoided. Say “no” politely if you can. You have to start being clear with your objectives and boundaries if you realize that always indulge in these activities.