Daily Diary Entries
Day 129 – 131 – Action & Hard WorkNovember 3rd, 2013 by David
I watched an interesting interview with the actor Will Smith this week, one question he was asked was what it is that sets him apart from other people. He replied that it wasn’t down to talent but a relentless work ethic. He is 100% right, if you want anything in life you have to work hard for it continuously and you have to love what you do with passion. If you don’t have this combination you are not going to succeed. I pride myself on my ability to work hard, currently I am working full time for a Fortune 500 company, building ‘The Feeling of Success’, changing my lifestyle through my diet (which as I have found out involves significant preparation time!) and training to run a marathon. As you can imagine there isn’t much time left in the day. I have spoken about the importance of time management before and the need not to procrastinate, to take on work and challenges and meet them head on, which requires significant self discipline, determination and commitment. If you want to change your life you have to acknowledge that it is not going to be easy, I look at myself and obviously I have taken a lot on which affects my time and I am the extreme but in order to achieve what it is you want you have to go out and get it through sustained hard work. You are going to have to want it more than anything else, look at yourself in the mirror and decide whether what you want is worth it. For me, being healthy knowing I can embrace life and its challenges, enjoy every experience and do it for a longer period of time is much more rewarding than the alternative – a heart attack at 40 years old and multiple opportunities missed. You have to find what it is that is going to motivate you to succeed, because in those dark days when the hard work gets tough you are going to need that to keep pushing you on. I went out running one night this week and I was stiff and sore from a run earlier in the week. After the first mile I was just getting warmed up but into the second mile my body just said no! I was closed to quitting but convinced myself to push through the pain, I did and I ended up running 5 miles and staying on track with my marathon planning. When it gets tough and you feel weak you need to have that thing that is going to spur you on, convince you that the pain is worth it because in reality the pain is temporary but the reward is permanent.