“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” These wise words were once spoken by Thomas Jefferson. What does this really mean though?
In order to achieve great things in your life, you may have to give up the good, stable things you have now. Entrepreneurs who chase their wild dreams leave their stable jobs everyday, this is a great example of giving up something good to go for something great.
If you stay in the same old comfortable good place you’ve been at in life, the odds of you ever achieving something truly great are quite low. This is not because you can’t do great things by doing the good things you do, but because you’re most likely limited in some way in what you currently do. You’re learning and developing skills and working hard, life is good, but going from here to doing some great all of a sudden isn’t generally coincidental. You generally have to give up the good things you do to make the time to chase the great dream, to accomplish that great thing you hope to accomplish.
Until Next Time,
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is courage to continue that counts.”
What does today’s quote mean? It means that no matter how well things are going, or how poorly they are going, the only thing that matters is that you keep going. You will not continue to succeed from either of these situations if you give up. Giving up is never the best option. Find that thing that keeps you going, that thing that makes you want to succeed, and use that motivation to keep going. To keep pushing forward, and to continue your Climb to Success.
“In school you’re taught a lesson, then given a test. In life you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.”
“Focus in being productive instead of busy” – Tim Ferris.
What does this mean? More importantly why is this so important? Lets say you work a 40 hour week, and you spend your week working through tasks and projects. If it takes you until Friday to complete these tasks then you’ve had a productive week right? Maybe, maybe not. If you’ve been working on the same projects and tasks every week and it takes the same amount of time every week, then that is not necessarily the outcome you’re looking for.
The unfortunate truth is that as we complete the same tasks we work on every week, and complete the projects we have to complete in our work hours, we do eventually tend to get more efficient at them, meaning we can finish each task slightly quicker than before. For most people this isn’t noticed because they approach these projects knowing that they have to be done by a certain time, and as they get more efficient at these tasks, they allow themselves to become more distracted knowing still that they can have the task completed by the deadline. Most of us don’t even realize that this is happening, you’ll do the same job every day, every week, every month, and just know that you completed all of your tasks. In this modern age, we let ourselves look at our phone an extra time or two, spend an extra few minutes a day looking through social media each day, or spend a few extra minutes daydreaming while we drink our coffee. This actually does mean we are getting more efficient at these tasks, but it also means we are getting less efficient with our time.
If we take this extra time we spend on our phones each day, or on social media, or daydreaming, and cut it all out for 1 week, and just work as hard as you can on each job you’re tasked to complete, you might find that by the end of the week, you’re done your normal work a few hours early than normal. I tried this, and found that by working as efficiently as possible I could have extra time leftover to work on setting goals, or holding myself accountable to goals I had set prior.
The point of this is simple even though I’ve rambled on a bit. If you focus more on being productive and less on just getting the job done, you’ll be amazed by the extra time you have leftover to work on developing yourself further and continuing your own Climb to Success!
Until Next Time,
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
This is one of those quotes that holds very true and can be applied to succeeding in virtually all of the life arenas. Whether we’re talking about a relationship with a significant other, your career, or your fitness goals, your success truly does boil down to how hard you work, and whether or not you can learn from your failures.
The part of this that truly stands out to me is the portion about learning from failure. Anybody who has never failed, has never tried. That is not only my opinion, but rather something I will state as fact, and challenge you to prove otherwise. I have failed in life, in business, in relationships, and in fitness. Each time I failed I learned a lesson that would help me become a better person in the long run. I did not fail only once in each of these avenues to learn either, I failed many times and each time learned more lessons and grew a little bit more as a person each time.
You too will fail if you try. Everybody has failures, whether big or small, if you’ve ever truly tried to succeed, you have failed. If you can take these failures and learn something to better yourself each time, you’re moving further along on the Climb to Success.
Until Next Time,