In any profession, climbing to the top doesn’t happen overnight. You have to take the losses with the wins, and maintain endurance if you want to be successful. It’s very unlikely that you will find great financial success right off the bat.
Here are a couple of sayings to inspire you to work like a champion and why they’re important if you want to take your game to the next level.
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” — Archilochos
Whether you’re preparing for a triathlon, studying for the bar exam or preparing to start your own business, you need to put in the hours. Malcolm Gladwell hypothesized in Outliers that you can’t become a master of anything until you’ve accumulated 10,000 hours of deliberate practice in that field.
No matter what side of the debate you are on regarding his rule, you can’t deny that to achieve one’s top potential, you must train for it. Training, if taken seriously, is difficult. Because of its grueling nature, the temptation to take short cuts can be omnipresent. However, if you want maximum results, you’ve got to put in the highest effort every step of the way.
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott
Having faith in yourself and hoping that all of your efforts will pay off in the end is a critical part to reaching your goals. I can’t help but wonder how many people in this very moment are on the precipice of success but throw in the towel one round too early. When champions face adversity, or if they even temporarily stop seeing progress, they continue to push on. They re-evaluate their methods and make the necessary adjustments, but they never give up.