I Used to Work Harder

From October 11, 2016

I watched a short video today from Gary Vaynerchuk entitled Overnight Success. His main argument is that there aren’t any real overnight successes. People that seem like they were that lucky have all been working towards that behind the scenes for a long time. It’s the 10,000 hour rule. You can’t skip the work.

It made me think about how I spend my days. When I was younger and trying to make the Varsity Basketball team at SK I had no problem putting in the work. I realized that there was a deadline and only so many days in between. It was something I really wanted to accomplish so I put in the work. I knew I needed to do everything I could to get stronger, run faster, jump higher, play harder. If I didn’t put in the work, I wasn’t going to make it. And guess what? I made it.

In my first few jobs, I worked at about 50% capacity. In some, maybe even less. I know a big part of this was related to not having clear goals I wanted to accomplish other than just try to make enough money to get by. Getting married and having kids changed my life and certainly caused me to work harder. I increased my effort to maybe 75%-80%. However, looking back I know I would be lying if I said I gave 100% every day. I spent a lot of time playing video games, sleeping in at times, watching TV and movies, or a lot of other activities that took up time.

Should we never play? Probably not. However, it’s hard to complain about not accomplishing your goals when you aren’t really working towards them. I love my family and have put the work in there, and I guess that can be seen as a type of personal goal. But I know that I haven’t worked with the same “do or die” mentality for a personal goal that I had when I was trying to make the team. I haven’t sweat that much in a long time. That experience taught me how to work towards something I wanted very badly. I wonder what would happen if I put that level of focused intensity towards any other personal goal.

I am not saying that work is everything or that every moment has to be put in that basket. However, the question is am I playing to win? Or am I just going through the motions? What would happen if I gave the full 100% over time?

I bet I would be able to accomplish more of my goals. How about you? What goal would you like to accomplish that you’ve been putting off?

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