You Just Don’t Get It – Hard Work Is All That You Need

Hard Work Is All That You Need

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Whether it is to lose weight or to earn more money, people are always looking for short cuts. They want instant results because no one likes to wait for their rewards. This is why we have microwave dinners and fast foods. These foods cater to our society that does not like to wait and expect instant results.

Finding a short cut is beneficial. You will be able to get your desired results using the shortest amount of time and resources. However, many people indulged in finding short cuts and they are losing grip of reality.

Why Are You So Smart Yet You Fall For Weight Loss Gimmicks Everytime?

I find it interesting to see people fork out money for slimming programs or pills. Those programs and pills are expensive and I really doubt that it works. I have seen many people that are unsatisfied with the results of these slimming pills and treatments but what amazed me is that they will still lay their hands on the next big slimming product advertised on TV.

I think losing weight is easy. The theories behind it are to eat healthier and exercise more. These theories work! I bet everyone knew it. However, why are people not using it?

It Is Hard Work!

Yes, you are right if you guessed hard work. These theories are simple but it takes hard work to execute them. Exercising 5 times a week is hard work. Giving up your favorite fried chicken is hard. These things are hard to do and human tend to avoid things that can cause them pain. Why do something so painful when there are gimmicks that (shortcuts/slimming products) promise eating a pill daily can help you lose 20lbs in a month? Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it?

The point I want to drive home today is not about losing weight. It is about putting in hard work into achieving your goals.

I am guilty about shunning hard work and trying to look for short cuts too. I have dabbled into creating niche sites online selling affiliate products. I did not have much success with it and I was constantly looking for easy ways to make it work. I thought that there might be a new software or short cuts that can save me hours of labor and help me make some sales easily, but till today the miraculous short cut still eludes me.

I was frustrated about the lack of results. I decide that I am going to stop looking for short cuts and start putting in hard work. Once I decided to put in the hard work into building up my site, I started to make some sales. Even though the progress is not as fast as I like it to, I am getting better results.

Your results in life are congruent to the amount of effort you put into it.

How You Can Achieve More In Life?

Do you want to achieve financial success? Stop waiting to strike the lottery. Start working hard on improving your financial IQ.

Do you want to lose weight? Stop depending on gimmicks. Start working hard on improving your diet and exercises.

The only thing that is stopping you from achieving is your tendency to avoid hard work. Once you shift your mindset from “finding-short-cuts” mode to “working-hard” mode, your life will start to change.

Parting Words

When you make your decision to put in hard work to achieve your goals, you get back into the driver seat of your life. It is not a smart move to depend on the lucky break, because it may never come when all you are doing is waiting. However, when you start to put in hard work and take action, the chances of you having lucky breaks or new opportunities are much higher.

Before I end this post, here is one of my favorite quotes that I always refer to: “The harder you work, the luckier you become.”

Working Hard

  1. Last month, I have placed quite a lot of effort in building my site and starts to see results which actually builds my confidence that what I’m doing actually works. It is really important for us to track what we are doing so that we can review the results shown and change our action plans accordingly to make things work.
    .-= Javier Chua´s last blog ..Start Planning and Focus on One Goal =-.

  2. Hard work is something most people are not accustomed to. With the many lure of instant gratification nowadays, the virtue of hard work is slowly forgotten. I have had my mistakes in the past when I believe that success comes with a little effort, I’ve learned the hard way. 🙂

  3. Hey Vincent,

    This strikes a bell. A week ago I had this revelation, most of success can be obtained with common-sense. The reason there are so many educated failures is because they complicate everything. Same goes with personal development. I think sometimes we get so deep into *leveraging* that we forget that there’s actually some work involved as well.
    .-= Clinton Skakun´s last blog ..Leading is believing in people =-.

    • I always love the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) theory. Take martial arts for example; I once read that a master in martial arts say that he only teaches moves that are simple to execute. Because martial arts become useless in real dangerous situation when it is too hard to execute even in training grounds. Totally make sense to me.

  4. Hi Vincent,

    Great point – many people want to take a pill and have circumstances magically altered. I was just talking about this with a friend of mine who teaches piano – some students want to play songs before learning key signatures, time signatures, scales, etc. It definitely takes practice, persistence, and work to become accomplished in various areas in life.

    • Hi Kim, thanks for dropping by. We need to learn to crawl before we can walk. The transition takes time and effort and this lesson applies to all areas of our life. Somehow people try to do this the opposite way (want to walk before they learn how to crawl) and they end up being frustrated.

  5. I guess you could say we’re an instant gratification generation these days…Everything takes hard work and those who say it doesn’t take hard work are just one of the lucky few. I think one of the hardest things about goals is that after a couple weeks or even months, we easily lose sight of our goal and fall off track so always keep your goal in mind.
    .-= Credit Girl´s last blog ..15 Decades of Depictions of Uncle Sam =-.

    • You brought up an important point here. Taking our sight off the goal can cause us to get off the track. What I usually do is to place reminders around me such as visual board or index card with my goals written on it. It helps to keep me focus on my goal.

  6. I read a book lately.It is interesting.<> It is said,touch your hand,said to yourself,I admire millionare,I want to be a millionare. Then touch your head,and say,I have a millionare mind..
    And I also get something really makes sense to me from that book,the difference between middle-classes people and rich people is ,rich people will broke through the comfortable zone that middle-classes people feel good for..
    I am in the process of reading that stuffs.And what kinda book you’d like to recommend? Thanks…hehe

    • I recently completed a book titled The New Psycho Cybernetics by Maltz Maxwell. Do pick it up, it is a great self improvement book.

      If you are interested in books that can help increase the finance side of your life, I highly recommend

      – Rich Dad Poor Dad
      – Secret Of The Millionaire Mind

      These are some great books that you can start reading.

  7. Guilty…I take slimming pills myself. It’s easier and I don’t have to sweat it out just to lose weight. There are side effects of course, I palpitate, get restless and hyperactive. I have headaches every once in awhile. Even so, I still take those pills. Why? just simply lazy…

      • Or try cycling. 🙂 I know I’ve said it before, but if you find walking or jogging uninteresting, cycling might be fun, if only for the the thrill of speed. I think health benefits are the same.

        But I agree with Vincent, stay off the sleeping pills.

        Till then,


  8. The one thing is that we often ignore the “positive aspects” about being fat for example. We use it as a excuse to be lazy, to eat whatever we want (and experience some kind of freedom through that actions) and so on..

    Then we see the hard work we need to do to change our bodies. Consciously we see the benefits of our dreamed body and compare them to what? to the drawbacks of our old bodies instead of comparing them to the positive aspects!

    But the key is that these positive aspects are keeping us stuck in our old patterns! First we should recognize them, then we should try to replace them and that’s the point where hard work really makes an impact.

    But you are still right. Even if you just would work hard (in the right way for sure) you would achieve it, too. At the end anything is possible. 🙂
    .-= Michael Michalowski´s last blog ..Do you wanna be excellent? Be yourself! =-.