“Work hard and you will succeed.” BS!! Success has less to do with hard work and more, much much more to do with doing work that is hard. Work that challenges you pushes your buttons and makes you uncomfortable … that is what makes you successful.
By contrast, hard work, which is what my gardener does, will not usually make you successful, though I admit it helps.
If you want to succeed you need to do things that make you cringe, that your ego says, “No freakin’ way” do, and that will trigger your own insecurities and fears. You will need to do things that no one in your family has done before, maybe no one you have ever known, and that will be hard because you will have to find mentors outside of your familiar circle but that’s what it takes.
If your ego is right now saying, “No, I won’t do that, I can’t do that, I won’t do social media, public speaking, or any of the other dozen or so things that are really hard for most people,” just know that one thing that makes you most scared is probably the most important thing you can do for your future and the very thing that will get you to the next level.
Most people really aren’t that afraid of hard work. If you want to succeed and are committed to achieving your goals it’s kind of part of the deal but doing work that is emotionally difficult is what makes most people give up long before they have achieved their life’s goals and that’s not what I want for you. Success—real, lasting, and significant success—is possible for you right here right now but it may mean taking a few things off the “No, never” list and getting comfortable moving the needle of your comfort zone out a bit and the next day a bit more until your comfort zone has gotten so big it includes all your hopes, wishes, and dreams and everything you have ever wanted. Decide now that you will do whatever it takes and decide to skip the hard work and focus on “work that is hard” and maybe by this time next year all your dreams will have come true. Namaste.