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:
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.
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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