nothing worth doing comes free of charge

In today’s world we are faced with “instant success.

We see it all the time in a number of situations :

Firstly on the Internet, there are so many “get rich schemes” that promise so much for so little effort.

No doubt, you have seen many advertisements like these:

“Our 12-year old son earned $10,000 in his first month”

“Even my granny can do this”

The plain fact of the matter is that 95% of people who try to make a living online do not make any money at all.

Certainly, there are a number of very wealthy marketers who earn millions of dollars a year.

However, if you speak to them, most of them will tell you it took many years of hard work, with lots of mistakes made along the way.

Secondly on the TV

Nowadays we see lots of talent shows, where instant success is “guaranteed”.

Sadly, this is rarely the case. Although it is true that some people achieve short-term success, most times this is not sustained. People may have started in a restaurant, dreaming of success, and get spotted. Some will make it, but many will not get through the rounds on the talent shows. Very often, the people end up serving in a restaurant again, which is very hard to take.

We also see entertainers who are successful and think that they have been an overnight success, or who have it easy. Rarely, have these people suddenly made it. Normally they have been working for many years, before they become “overnight stars”. One example of how hard people work is:

Billy Joel who has sold over 150 million records worldwide, but it was a long hard road to success. He dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. However, my the time he reached 22 years of age he had been playing in bars, was broke and was no longer living at home.

When his girl friend left him, he became very depressed and was close to taking his own life. He booked into a mental institution, which changed his life, and he came out determined to succeed.

The rest is history as he became one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Here is a good example of “nothing worth doing comes free of charge”.

Thirdly sports people

Nowadays sport is covered so well in the media. We watch many of the most successful sports people, many of whom are very wealthy. Many young people want to emulate this success and decide to go into the sport of their choice.

That may be football, athletics, tennis ,golf , baseball, basketball or any other sport that appeals. We see the wealth of athletes like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Roger Federer and many young people dream of the riches.

However, few people realise how hard these athletes have worked to reach the very top. I have covered the stories of a number of these but here are a few :

Michael Jordan is one of the world’s greatest basketball players.

He famously quoted:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.

I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

He didn’t give up, he kept on until he became arguably the best ever basketball player.

In 1999 he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN.

In 2015, he became the first billionaire NBA player in history.

Another classic case of “nothing worth doing comes free of charge.”

Carl Lewis is another great example

Most people would be happy with 1 Olympic Gold Medal, but Carl want an incredible 4 gold medals.

This could not have been done without a lot of dedication, hard work and determination.

Carl Lewis was an outstanding athlete.

Not only did he plan winning 4 Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles games,

but in total he won 9 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver medal.

No other athlete has retained the Olympic long jump title, but Lewis went on to win 4

consecutive Olympic long jump medals from 1984 until 1996, which is a remarkable achievement.

His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted

“World Athlete of the Century” by the IAAF

“Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee,

“Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Athlete of the Year” by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

Yet another example of “nothing worth doing comes free of charge.

Jesse Owens is not a name that many people know as his achievements took place in 1936.

Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as “perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history”

It was in the summer Olympics of 1936 where he achieved fame in Germany, where Adolf Hitler did not look favourably on black people. It is remarkable with such hostility that Jesse Owen won 4 Olympic gold medals in:

Long jump

100 metres

200 metres

4 x 100 metres relay

To win 1 gold medal is a superb achievement, so to win 4 in such hostile conditions demonstrates the belief that Jesse Owens could indeed do anything he wanted.

A remarkable athlete, who demonstrated what can be achieved with hard work and determination.

Conclusion

It is no doubt true that some people achieve success without too much effort.

Many people dream of success, but those that don’t achieve that success, normally don’t have the determination to succeed. It takes lots of hard work.

Many people will doubt us.

Some will tell us to give up.

There will be obstacles on the road to success.

There will be failures along the way.

However “nothing worth doing comes free of charge” as can be seen from the examples of the struggles encountered by Billy Joel, Michael Jordan and Carl Lewis. Just a few of the many who have found  “Nothing worth doing comes free of charge.”

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positive mental attitude-9 simple steps

Most of us realise that a positive mental attitude is the key to success. If that is the case then all we need to do is to adopt such an attitude and we will all be successful. However, for various reasons, a lot of us are not positive all the time.

Many factors affect our well-being and sometimes bad news means we are not as positive as we would like to be. Like many people, I have found myself being less than positive and I knew I had to get out of it somehow.

The way I got out of it was to sit down and write down all the things that I think are important for me to be positive. I have written them on small cards, take them with me, and read them when I have the opportunity.

Here are the things that help me to get and stay motivated.

1 Having a clear and achievable goal.

This really is important and I have spent a lot of time on all aspects of goal setting, and have written a book on the subject.

To achieve success in any field, it is important to have a goal as well as a plan on how you are going to achieve that goal. A goal is not something you write down, put in a drawer and never look at it again.

I look at my goals every day, and revise them accordingly.

2 Keep your focus

There are so many distractions in our life that it is easy to lose focus, and it takes a lot of will power to stay focussed. It may help to remember

Follow One Course Until Successful

3 Overcome All Obstacles Put In Your Way

As you travel on your path to success, there will no doubt be many obstacles put in your way.

Some of these may be easy to overcome, but many may be difficult. It is the difficult ones that cause many people to give up. However, as we are going to be successful, we will continue to overcome all obstacles.

4 Never, ever give up

This is a quote famously credited to Winston Churchill, a famous British Prime Minister. He was a leader in the Second World War where he faced many difficulties. Very few of us will face the hostilities that he faced, so we should take his advice and never, ever give up.

5 Eliminate all negative thoughts

It is useful to put this into place at the start of each day.

When you think something is difficult and you feel like saying “I cannot do that”, replace it with “I will do that”. Then you will find a way of doing it.

If I ever doubt this I always think of examples in the past.

Take the case of Roger Bannister.

In the early 1950s, doctors suggested that it was impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes.They suggested any such attempt would be dangerous to the athletes who attempted it.

Roger Bannister had other ideas and duly ran the first sub-4 minute mile on 6th May 1954.His time was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds so he had achieved what many considered IMPOSSIBLE.

In the year after that momentous day,24 more athletes ran the mile in under 4 minutes. Now, it is no longer a target as the world mile record is 3 minutes 43.13 seconds.

That puts things into perspective.

6 Eliminate negative people from your team

When you are striving for success, there will be people who doubt you and will say things like:

“You will never do that”

“It can’t be done”

“Why don’t you get a proper job?”

You may have known these people for a long time, but you need to remove them from your team. You only want to mix with like-minded people.

7 Look on failure as an education not a negative

Most successful people have failed on the road to success.

Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, will tell you how many times he failed.

Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor and had lots of failures when inventing the light bulb. When asked how he felt about failing 10,000 times, he famously replied:

“I have not failed 10,000 times, I have found 10,000 things that don’t work, which brings me closer to the thing that will work.”

8 Be enthusiastic all the time

In your quest for success, there will be times when you don’t feel motivated and don’t feel like motoring towards to success. It happens to all of us but you need to overcome these feelings as quickly as possible.

When people ask me how I am I normally reply “Fantastic” whether I am feeling like that or not. It certainly makes me feel better and takes people by surprise. Most people react positively and tell me that it has made them feel better.

9 Take control of your own destiny

As we know, from time to time, things won’t necessarily go all our own way.

In such situations, it is easy to blame other people for not doing things. It is easy to blame the economic situation.

However, to be successful we have to take control of our own destiny. There will always be times when people that we rely on do not do what they are expected. We have to manage this. Also, the economy may not be quite as we expect. However, there are always people who succeed whatever the situation.

We need to be one of those people who succeed whatever the situation.

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