How bad do you want it?
What a great question.
Do you REALLY REALLY want it? Or would you just LIKE to have it?
When it comes to success, wealth, health and happiness I think nearly everyone would agree that these are things they REALLY REALLY want.
And I wish it were so, but I’ve found time and time again in dealing with both clients and friends that the truth is, though people want them, they aren’t really willing to work for them.
It’s kind of like being asked, “Would you like a new car?”
Sure! I mean, who wouldn’t, right?!
But if I then proceeded to tell you just what you had to do to get that car including all sorts of difficult time consuming tasks, suddenly the offer doesn’t look all that great.
We want it…but not if we have to spend our time, money or effort to get it.
Whether we understand the true value of time or not, people do understand that they want to spend most of their time doing things they want to do, not things they don’t.
Unfortunately hard work, studying and effort aren’t on the top of most people’s list of things they want to do.
In fact, as you might imagine it’s just the opposite, they’re WAY down at the bottom.
Let’s face it, after a long day at the office the last thing most people want to do is come home and work hard again. No, most people just want to plunk themselves down on the sofa and enjoy a night of TV, maybe surf the net or chat with friends. Work? That finished the minute we left the office.
Is it any wonder why only 5% of people achieve success?
I’m here to tell you that the work you do at work, and the work you do at home are two very different things.
The first is what you must do…because like everyone we have bills to pay, things to buy.
The latter is what determines our future.
Now it is possible to become rich and successful just working a job, but it’s really really hard.
First off, in order to do so most people have to invest and incredible amount of time to achieve it. We’re talking decades for most people.
I’m a big believer in hard work, but there has to be a better way.
Which is what this site is all about — a better way.
Today’s post is one such way.
So if working at a “job” isn’t the fastest way to success then let’s take a look at the second option: working after work.
You see, the work you put in after hours isn’t so much work but rather an investment. It’s an investment in your better future and it’s one that can pay off big.
At our job we must do things we don’t want to. But after work, that’s when we get to choose our path.
You could start a consulting job, but work only with clients you deem appropriate. You could start a business selling a product you believe strongly in (aka network marketing)? Or you could start an online business offering educational products and services (like I’m doing)?
The skies the limit, but it’s not going to drop in your lap.
There in an investment that MUST be made…but HUGE profits await those who go for it.
Just ask Mark Zuckerberg, who spent most of his college free time programming. It paid off for him and it has paid off for countless others.
They know that the secret to success isn’t simply working hard from 9 to 5.
That’s what everyone does. That makes you normal. That makes you average.
If you want to be in that small group of people that makes it, you’re going to have to give a little. A little time, a little money, a little effort.
I’m not asking you to climb Mt. Everest tomorrow. What I am asking you is to get started.
Maybe pick up a guide book, start doing some training, do some research. Something…and then keep going.
It’s the simply concept of the compound effect, so eloquently explained in Darren Hardy’s book, “The Compound Effect.”
It’s a simple three step process really:
- Decide what you want
- Take action to achieve the desired result
- Keep working towards your goal
Doesn’t get much simpler than that. Amazingly, more than 50% of people talk themselves out of doing something before they even try. Ouch.
That’s a question of desire. They don’t want it bad enough, so they never get started.
I don’t want to be like that, which is why each day I write my ideas down on my iPhone, put some notes down for future blog posts and set aside time to study.
Because I want it.
The question you need to ask yourself whether your goal is to lose weight, get in shape, earn a million dollars, find the woman of your dreams…is how bad do you want it?
Me, I want it bad.