I just started re-reading certain chapters of one of my favorite books…Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s an amazing book that emphasizes the power of our thoughts in creating our reality (in particular when it comes to business).
I definitely believe in the power of our minds, and the control we have over our success. But as I read through certain chapters I started thinking of the most successful people I know and what created their success. If I had to boil it down to a simple concept, here’s what it would be: HARD WORK!
Look, I don’t want to bash the philosophers and thought leaders who preach the power of our thoughts in creating success. But I think that many of us refuse to grasp the concept of hard work in creating results.
Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t think himself to winning Mr. Olympia 7 times. Yes, he thought about winning it, but then got about the arduous task of hitting the weights and dieting like a mad man.
Thomas Edison, one of the most prolific scientists and inventors in history, didn’t think himself to inventing the light bulb or phonograph. Yes, he came up with the idea first, but then worked sleepless nights and experimented for years before finally creating each one.
The best salespeople don’t think themselves to success. Yes, they envision being the best, but then read the books, attend the seminars, practice the cold calls, solicit criticism, and fail and fail and fail before becoming Top Gun sales people.
The winners in life create the reality of their future in their minds, but then TAKE ACTION to make it happen. They understand that WIN Stands for Work It Now, and realize the beautiful premise that in order to win, sometimes you just have to sweat and sacrifice. (By the way, please note the first 3 letters of wingman are WIN!)
I want to write a book, WORK AND GROW RICH, but I doubt people will buy it!
Which brings me to my final point. This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, a holiday I love because it celebrates those (past and present) who work for the American Dream. Our great country was built on the sweat and sacrifice of Americans who got up one day and said, “I’m going to work my butt off today and make a difference.”
This weekend, I hope you’ll spend some of that money you earned working it now! Thank yourself and your co-workers, family, and friends for thinking (and working) your way to success.
PUSH IT UP!®