Quote I’m pondering today: “The Harder I Work, the Luckier I Get”
This is a quote about the relationship between work and luck and it is attributed to film producer Samuel Goldwyn.
I have been thinking about this topic for quite some time. One of the main reasons being that when I first came to the US, I was very young and naive and started doing what everyone else was doing; things like going to clubs, hanging out every weekend, and saving money to waste it on clothes I didn’t need in order to impress people that didn’t even matter.
After some time, I came to the realization that unless my actions changed, nothing else in my life would change. I decided to invest in my education and study as much as I could to see if that would take me into a different route… and it did! After my first Associate Degree, I started to work in IT and several degrees later today, I find myself being a successful leader who no longer needs to worry about money but instead focus on self-love, my well-being, learning, growing, and sharing my story with as many people as possible.
Listen, I am not a millionaire and I don’t have a 7-bedroom mansion, but I don’t need it either. I am completely happy and content with whatever I have now, and THAT my friends, is the big secret. How can we be happy right now instead of always waiting for something to happen or for someone to magically come into our lives and make us happy??? The truth is that it doesn’t work that way. We cannot give what we don’t have and so it starts from within.
People nowadays are fixated on the images shown on social media and television…images that make you think that success comes with one video on YouTube, or with that one time you won the US Open…. and it is quite the opposite. These individuals have spent days, weeks, months, and years working their asses off and practicing until the one day you see them become successful.
The truth is that there are very few true overnight successes regardless of what you see portrayed on TV. What we fail to see often is years of work, trial and error, and numerous failures. But the harder you work, the more chances you get, and opportunities show up because of your acquired knowledge and experience. The goal is to invest in yourself and be prepared for the day the opportunity comes to knock on your door.
Today, I encourage you all to focus is self-development. There is free content everywhere and most of the knowledge I am acquiring today comes from YouTube, free online training, and podcasts.
What is your excuse?