The effort that leads to success

What separates a talented person from a successful one is a lot of hard work. –  Stephen King.

Michael Phelps does not decide to jump into a swimming pool and become a world champion in a month. Michael Jordan does not dribble a basket ball for a few hours and become one of the greatest player ever. A child does not pick up a violin and become an instant genius.

All this requires effort, hard work and dedication. Not for a few hours. Not for a few days or months or even years. It requires as much time as you need to achieve the success you aim for. It may be a few years or sometimes may be even a few decades.

So you have to be persistent, dedicated and keep on. To do this you need to answer one thing: How much you want to achieve your goal? This will decide the amount of work you will be willing to do to achieve it. This is what psychologists call the “effort heuristic”.

You also need to want to do the things that will help you achieve your goal. If you want to be a doctor, but do not want to study, then it is not possible. You need to want to study. But you can find ways to make the journey enjoyable. Then you are more likely to keep going till you succeed.

You cannot do everything. You have to choose what you do with your time and how you are going to spend it. If a goal is really important to you and you want to do the things that will help you reach your goal, then it is worth finding the time to do the things needed and achieve your goal.

Start from where you are. Take a step towards your goal. Act. Do.

Then that effort will lead you to success.

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