Hard Work is Hard

I have a passion for efficiency.

Automated processes, concise information, and streamlined plans.  Those are a few of my favorite things.

Having such an interest is great, because it usually means I learn new things quickly, and I’m able to do much more than most schedules would allow.

There’s a problem with always being efficient, however.  It prevents me from getting deep skill (or knowledge) in any one area.  And depth is what people value.

Jack of all trades, master of none.  Heard that phrase before?  That’s the symptom of putting efficiency before depth.

Olympic athletes are not rewarded for being good at a diversity of sports.  They’re rewarded for being the best in the world, at one event.

Companies don’t succeed by serving every conceivable market and developing completely unrelated products.  They thrive on developing the best products and serving one market better than any other company can.

Instead of jumping from one shiny new venture to another (I’ve been guilty of this), find the one project / business / calling that you can give yourself to.  Then give everything you have to it.  For the long term.

To be the best.


Here’s a tip on how to do it:

Stop focusing on results.

Focus, instead, on your efforts.  On your practice.  Put your entire drive behind practicing your craft, and stop looking for the shortcut.  You may waste some efforts, but in truth, those efforts are really just more practice.  Additional lessons learned.  Improved skill for you.  In other words – wasted efforts are never wasted.

Live for the hard work, and you will attract success instead of continuing to chase it.  Besides, the destination will be that much sweeter if you’ve come to life for the journey.

Or, said by someone who’s been there:

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit.  Suffer now and live the rest of your life like a champion.”

Muhammad Ali

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