Sunday, September 20, 2015

There is No Secret to Success

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you'll be successful.-- Eric Thomas

Over the years I've read a lot about how to reach goals quickly. There are books about it. There is a very famous and popular book called the "One Minute Manager" and another book titled "The 4-Hour Work Week". These are good books with some solid principles but they are giving a half story. All success in all walks of life require sustained excellence over a period of time. We have all heard of one hit wonders. The reason this happens is because their successful first offering had very little substance behind it.

Another widely held belief is that an artists first album oftentimes are their very best. The reason for this, particularly for a good artist, is because of the years of pouring your heart into a certain craft. In general, no one wakes up on a Sunday void of talent and then on Monday morning they are amazing. Many of the reasons that books of this type sell quickly is because we live in a society where folks want to get to success quickly with very little effort. If someone wrote a book entitled, "150 steps and 15 years of sustained backbreaking work is the key to success", they wouldn't even sell a copy to their parents.

You can't gamble on luck. In my opinion, that is the only way to achieve success without the long-term work. This is why the lottery can get so huge. Folks want to just win the lottery and quit their jobs. I've been running for 15 years and I am pretty much the definition of average. The funny thing about that is I had to work my way up from sucking to average. I've made tons of mistakes. I've studied my running and others' running. I've ignored great advice and learned lessons the hard way. Every time I read stories about runners, the story is about hard training and set backs and overcoming obstacles.

To be completely candid, I don't really like the stories about "easy" ways to complete your first marathon. I'm not saying that nothing in this world should be easy. I am saying that most things worth going after require a little dirt under your nails.

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