“Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to put in the work…At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off” — Kevin Hart
One of my biggest pet peeves is people who want results but don’t want to put in the work.
I can’t stand a persona that talks about their goals but doesn’t put in the necessary work to achieve them. And while it shouldn’t upset me it does.
But the fact that they don’t want to put in the work isn’t the real thing that bothers me. What really upsets me is when they ask for my help but have yet to do anything to help themselves. What really bothers me is when someone relies on me as a crutch. What I despise is a person that wants me to give them all the answers.
If you’re one of these people here’s the simply truth. You have to put in the work. No one is going to give you all the answers. No one is going to hold your hand and take you down the path of success step by step.
You can’t hire someone to do the work for you. You can’t wait for success to fall in your lap. But what you can do is three things:
1. Pros Put in the work everyday not just when you feel like it
“Habits and qualities that the professional possess that the amateur doesn’t: 1. The professional shows up every day. 2. The professional stays on the job all day.” — Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro
The difference between someone who is successful and someone who is not is parallel to the difference between a professional and an amateur. It’s simply this; the successful person works every day, all day but the unsuccessful person works when they feel like it.
The truth is most of us don’t feel like doing anything most days. To tell you the truth I really didn’t feel like writing this article. But the difference between those who are successful and those who are not is that they do the work anyway. They do the things that necessary for them to succeed even when they don’t want to.
The people who only put in the work on the days they feel like it make excuses to justify why they can’t put in the work. They’ll say, “I’m tired”, they’ll say, “I’ll it tomorrow”, they’ll say, “I don’t have time”.
These people are amateurs. They wait for all their ducks to be in a row before they pull the trigger. They wait until they get good and ready to put their butt in the saddle grab life by the horns.
In fact these people are still waiting. The person who decided to only put in the work when they were ready is most likely still sitting on their ass waiting for those stubborn ducks to line up.
If you’re an amateur stop waiting until you get good and ready. Stop waiting until you feel like it to get to work.
Because the truth is you’ll never be good and ready. You’ll never feel like putting in the work because the work is hard. The work is tedious and the work is painful.
But if you don’t like where you are right now and the end of the road is much better than the middle of the street why not endure the labor until it pays off?
Why not put in the work now instead of waiting until you get ready?
2. Pros take breaks, not time off
“The breaks you take from your work pay you back manifold when you return because you come back with a fresher mind and newer thinking. Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation” — Gautam Singhania
There’s a difference between taking a break and taking time off yet we often confuse the two.
Taking a break is what you do when you’re supposed to be working at your cubicle but you’re really on Facebook, playing games on your phone or hanging out at the water cooler. Taking time off is when you are absent from your work for an extended period of time until you feel like coming back.
When pros take breaks they do so with the sole intent to come back to their work. However, they don’t just come back the way they left, they come back a better version of themselves.
They return to their work with more fire than when they left. They return with new ideas, renewed energy, and the desire to go even harder than they did prior.
But taking time off is different. Taking time off is dangerous. Taking time off is for amateurs
Why? Because when you take time off the possibility of you coming back is up in the air. You might not feel like coming back.
Taking time off also means that a love for your work is absent. Taking time off signifies that passion is missing and that your work isn’t bringing you happiness.
Which raises the question “why bother do that work in the first place?”
Yet, most of us amateurs stuck doing work we need where we want time off instead of a break. Most of us are working jobs where we would have no complaints if we were fired tomorrow.
If you don’t enjoy the process stop wasting time and do work that you love. When you love it there won’t be a need or desire to take time off. In fact, you might not even want to take breaks.
However, when you do take a break it won’t really be a break. Instead what it will be is preparation for the next time you get to do the work you love.
3. Pros don’t watch other people
“Stay focused and stay determined. Don’t look to anyone else to be your determination-have self-determination” — Justice Smith
One of the main things that stop people from starting a business, writing a book, or making a sports team is they get caught watching other people.
These are amateurs.
They scroll through Instagram busy paying attention to someone else who appears to be wildly successful and being envious of what another person is doing that they lose sight of what’s in front of them.
Amateurs get caught watching videos and reading headlines about a company or a person who became successful just after three years of work and think they’re doing something wrong.
But what they don’t realize is that the people who have “made it” in such a short amount of time are anomalies. Those people are either genius or had an amazing stroke of luck.
But amateurs are envious of them because they somehow escaped the labor. They are envious of them because they make it look easy.
Amateurs spend time watching their every move listening to their advice day in and day out looking for tips on how to get rich quick or a step by step guide to success because they want to be in their shoes.
Pros don’t watch these people. They aren’t waiting for anyone to provide an easy way out because they know there isn’t one.
Instead what pros do is focus. They put their blinders on and look straight ahead.
If you’re paying attention to the anomalies stop it. Stop looking at the scenery and keep your eyes on the road. How do you expect to get to your destination if you’re distracted by what’s around you?
Once you stop looking out the window wishing you had what some else has and focus on the road you’ll get to where you’re going. Just keep your foot on the gas pedal and put all your attention towards the journey ahead.