“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
Good morning, friends! Did you have a wonderful weekend? Was there a challenge or two? A new work week starts today so make it a good one. Let’s get to it!
The myth of Babe Ruth is huge: an oversized, heavy drinking, partying fool who happened to have one skill, hitting home runs. Even his two main nicknames bolster his myth: the Sultan of Swat and the Great Bambino. It would be so easy to buy into the myth of the easy success of the Babe. And so wrong. Did you know the Babe was also one of the great pitchers of all time? His career lasted 22 years as a player. He wasn’t a myth. He was a dedicated, hard working success. Most success is.
Many of us have a dream of easy success and that’s about all easy success is, a dream. John Wooden, the great basketball coach from UCLA never, ever talked about success with his players. He always talked about hard work, dedication to craft, commitment to consistency, honoring self. When we move in that direction success becomes a reasonable possibility. Wooden’s teams won 10 national championships. Easy success it was not.
This morning my son asked me, “Dad, when you’re looking out a clean window can you focus on the glass?” Too often images of success cloud our vision and we can’t focus on the hard work to get there, when it’s exactly the hard work that is the only thing that can get us there. Bang into the glass once or twice, give up, and an image is all success will ever be for you.
What is your focus today?
- What chances are you giving yourself via hard work?
- What encouragement overcomes your thoughts of quitting?
Most any success story has a back story of hard work, dedication and occasional luck (luck accompanies hard work and dedication). The longer you stick with your dream, working towards it all the time, the better chance you have to make it. Quit, or show it no love, and all you’ll have is a nice dream. Get to it today and everyday. And have a great week.