Yes, without doubt, life is hard. It’s not easy. It’s not easy to be successful in life. It’s not easy to get straight A’s at school. It’s not easy to be the wealthiest man in the nation.
Yes, it’s hard. But it’s not impossible.
What successful people do is they work hard. They put in more effort than other people. They strive for greatness. When Michael Jordan first entered the NBA, his jump shot wasn’t good enough. He spent his off season taking hundreds of jumpers a day until it was perfect. As he puts, “Nothing of value comes without being earned.”
Being persistent is another factor. Why are some people not successful? Because when they decide to do something, and they get tired, they quit. Students say they are not good at math. They’re right! Cause they have never studied. “When they say they want to get better grades, the problem is they don’t want it bad. They just kind of want it. They don’t want success as much as they want to party. They don’t want success as much as they want to be cool.” (from “How bad do you want it”)
When you feel like quitting, remind yourself why you started. Your goal. Your dream. Your vision. Don’t quit when you’re tired! Don’t quit when you feel pain. Pain is temporary! It may last a minute, an hour, a day or even a year, but eventually it will subside.
Don’t worry if you’re not getting to where you want to be. Work on your dream, one inch at a time. Don’t worry if people laugh at you and say you suck. Forget about the criticisms and hate. Cause some time later, things ain’t gonna go this way. There will be a lot of doubters in life. No matter how many times people criticize you, the best revenge is to prove them wrong.
Ask yourself, if other people can do it, why not me? Why can’t I be the best player in the NBA? Why can’t I be the best singer in my country? Why can’t I be the best?
You got a dream, go get it, period.
Note: I was inspired to write this after watching a few motivational videos. There might be some similar wordings or phrases. No copyright infringement intended.
References (They are great videos and I highly recommend them):
Mateusz M. “Why Do We Fall – Motivational Video.” Feb 21, 2013. Video. Mar 18, 2014.
Mateusz M. “Unstoppable – Motivational Video.” May 17, 2013. Video. Mar 18, 2014.