LEARNING TO WORK HARD
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci.
There is nothing that you cannot learn. The question is, are you ready to learn? Everything you say and do now was learned somehow, directly, or indirectly from others. Although it might not be obvious, a lazy person knows how to be lazy from somewhere or someone and somehow approves that being lazy is acceptable. When a lazy person works with a productive person, you might hear something like, “I cannot come and kill myself” because the culture or quality of hard work is missing. Though hard work is not easy, you must imbibe the culture of hard work if you want to succeed. The beautiful thing, though, is that you can learn how to work hard. Hard work will not kill you!
To learn how to work hard, you must first accept that it is crucial to put in some more effort, and you must be able to evaluate the effort you are putting into your work presently. Let’s assume that you just read an article of 500 words to answer questions correctly. If you read 50, 70, or 80 pages, you have not worked hard enough to answer all the questions correctly. If you fail some of the answers, you should agree that you did not put in the required effort, i.e., you did not work hard enough. One way to evaluate yourself is by looking at the kind of result you are getting as a student or in your tasks. The worst thing that can happen to you is not being able to evaluate yourself. If you are not working hard, you will know. Once you know, you can change and become successful. Evaluate yourself now. Are you working hard enough?
After sincerely evaluating yourself and seeing that you are not working hard enough, you can then start asking how you can work hard to achieve success. For example, how many more pages of the book do you have to read? How many hours of practice do you need to perfect that song you are learning? How much more effort do you need to develop yourself daily or weekly? Everyone may have a different need depending on their current circumstances. Hey! Do not kill yourself yet! Some of you are already doing well. Keep it up. Once you can determine the answer, please write it down to be committed to it. Mark Batterson once said, “the shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory.”
You must also be able to identify why you need to work hard. The reason this is important is that not everyone is fighting for success. Some people are comfortable with an average mark. If you are reading this, I believe you are not satisfied with the average. Like Jim Rohn once said, “the stronger the WHY, the easier the HOW.” If you are fighting to succeed, it becomes easier to find ways and the motivation and energy to achieve your goals.
Guys let’s get to work as the world is waiting for us to showcase the success that we can achieve through hard work.
I am looking forward to your comments and questions in the comments section below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charles Adimah is an entrepreneur and the Project Manager of B2SL INITIATIVE, where he manages the vision. He is a great believer that a prosperous Nigeria is a product of successful Nigerians. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.