Life will most likely pass you by

Life will most likely pass you by

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

I would like to take a moment to extol the virtues of working (as opposed to sitting still and doing nothing).

We currently live in a “Result Based Culture” and everything we do is focused on is the result, and the not the road leading us there. This causes people to feel entitled because they see others’ results, and want the same results. However, because they never saw the work that went into the result, they want to achieve the same success without the same work.

In a culture like that, how can you possibly expect to get anywhere?

Well, you could whine and complain until what you want is given to you. You could make up your own fictitious victim class, make a Tumblr and write an op-ed for Huff Post to get some traction, and before you know it you’ve got a good entitlement case going.

You could do that, sure.

If you’re a bitch.

But if you’re not a little bitch, your real option is to work hard. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: No matter what is going on with the country, no matter what is going on with regulation, no matter where the war, there will always be a secret formula to making millions of dollars.

There is one proven method that will always make you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. Do you want to know what it is?

Hard Work.

Hard work will always put you ahead, always. There never was, is not now, and never will be a time and place where working does not pay off. Especially in America. Especially in the past 50 years. Especially today.

If you put hard work at the core of your life and refuse to take no for an answer you’ll find yourself heading in the direction you want to go.

Most people these days are averse to hard work because they don’t see behind the curtain. Yet. Their worldview is stunted and refusing to grow any further. They see something, and (just like their microwave) they expect to have it NOW!

Well life doesn’t work like that, cupcake. And if you do manage to win the lottery and get it NOW, how long do you expect to keep it without maintenance work? Without investing? Without working hard to keep it?

I knew this guy, he’s a multi-millionaire. Definitely one of the richest men in my city, if not the richest.

People see the life of ease this guy has, and they either say, “Man I wish I could live like that! I bet he doesn’t have any of the problems I do!” or they talk shit about him.

What they don’t see is this guy waking up at four in the morning (I asked) and working his ass off until he falls asleep. What they don’t see is his 7 day work week. The level of control and involvement he has in his financial ventures. The granular control in his business ventures. The hours spent on real estate and investing.

My point is, you don’t get to be who this guy is without paying your dues. And you don’t keep your status without investing the appropriate amount of blood.

If you truly want to be successful and stay successful, you need to learn to work hard. And not just hard, but harder. Harder than the guy next to you, harder than your neighbors, harder than your icons – you have to work harder than everyone else.

You have to fight for what you want, pay for it with your blood and sweat – there is no other way forward.

If you work hard and change the lives of everyone you come in contact with for the better, you’ll find yourself surrounded by wealth and success.

But none of it happens until you stop reading my shitty blog, and go out there and start doing.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States of America

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