We often think of success as part magic, part luck, and part knowing the right people.
We often think success comes down to how the planets align, how certain external factors shape us. Maybe it’s the economy, or the government. Maybe it’s our friends.
The truth is that luck is something we only notice in other people.
The truth is, if you want to be successful in any area of your life, you must follow this simple rule: the more you want it, the more you have to do to have it.
We tend to obsess about strategies and plans, but the truth is that we must take massive action in order to reach our goals.
The truth is, the more you work, the luckier you get.
Yet we often tend to ignore this rule of life because it provokes mental discomfort. If you don’t earn a million dollars per year, you have one of two options:
- You either accept that you are just not good enough, and that you have to work more and become more.
- You accept that you just don’t want it bad enough. You just kind of want it. You want the results, but you’re not willing to pay the price.
Either of these two options are heartbreaking, so you often think that you’re just not lucky enough.
After all, luck can’t be controlled, so there’s no way someone could hold that against you. The truth is that even if it were a valid excuse, still no one cares. The only thing that matters is that you do the work and have results. That’s it.
The more you work, the luckier you get. The more action you take, the easier it is to build momentum and keep going.
You become an unstoppable force in life, in love, in business, in writing by placing on foot in front of the other. Some days, you won’t feel like it. Some days, you’d much rather hit your head against a wall. But you’ve got to do it.
The more you work, the luckier you get.
You Just Have to Fall in Love With Working Hard
You don’t need a plan of action. You don’t need a step-by-step guide. You just have to take action.
For instance: let’s say you want to get in shape. You’d think that you need:
- a gym membership
- fancy gym clothes
- healthy, nutritious food
These things cost money, and odds are that you are going to waste a lot of it because you don’t know what type of supplements to buy, or what exactly healthy eating is.
But you don’t need all that to get started. You just need to go out there and run. And then head back home and do a couple hundred push ups.
That’s all it takes. That’s what I did. I was so poor when I first started out that I couldn’t afford a gym membership, and it didn’t even matter because I could barely do a couple pushups.
It wouldn’t have helped me if I had access to a gym with tons(literally) of equipment and weights.
But rather than taking action, the average person is often demoralized by the immensity of the task at hand, and they forget they have to take action.
They vacation on Someday Isle, they waste a lot of time daydreaming, wishing for the perfect opportunity to come their way.
Little by Little, a Little Becomes a Lot
We often focus on what we don’t have, or what others who are higher on the food chain have, and we fail to do something, anything that moves us forward in the direction of achieving our goals.
The most important lesson writing has taught me is that you write one word at a time. That’s the most any of us can do. That’s the only thing that matters.
Do you think it matters all the millions of words I’ve written? Do you think the blank page cares?
I either do the work, or I don’t.
It’s as simple as that.
Little by little, a little always becomes a lot. You build momentum by doing what you can with what you have, not by wishing for more than what you have.
Sometimes, it can be really hard to act. It can feel like an uphill battle. That’s when your mind tricks you into believing that if only you’d have better tools, better friends, or a different system or plan, you’d win.
The truth is that you need to do the work, as much as you can, every single day.
That’s the definition of success.
Doing just a little bit of work every single day, no matter what. Doing what you can with what you have.
Whenever life’s kind of tough, I work and work and work until I get the job done. That’s the only thing I can control.
The fate rewards the bold, and if there’s one thing that defines the bold, it’s their ability to take action no matter how they feel.
So take action.