The 19 Hard Things You Have to Do to Succeed

Wow, I love this list, because it really speaks the truth — at least what I have learned, particularly over the last few years. Note the stuff about generosity. It’s for real.

You have to do the hard things.

You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
You have to give more than you get in return right away.
You have to care more about others than they care about you.
You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
You have to try and fail and try again.
You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.

Read the whole thing. I’m printing it out.

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  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    After almost 30 years in the workforce, I’d say that half of those items will stifle one’s career in corporate politics. However, I’d rather abide by them than succeeding after the eyes of the world.

  • Win Nelson

    Wow- yes, this is great!


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