When it comes to being successful the person on the outside typically just sees the finished result.
When someone sees a famous athlete or actor they typically think “that person just got lucky.” They believe in their mind that the successful person was just destined for success.
What they do not see is the years of hard work and rejection that comes with success.
They do not see the missed opportunities.
They do not see the person being rebuffed.
Let’s use the great Micheal Jordan as an example.
It is a well-known story in the sports world that Jordan was cut from his high basketball team. Can you believe that greatest basketball player of all-time was actually told he was not good enough to play?
At this juncture in his career he had two options. He could either work hard, become a better player, and prove his coach wrong or he could sulk, blame others for his lack of success, make excuses and become a never-was. I do not think I’m alone in saying that I’m glad he chose option 1.
Fast forward to college. Jordan became the first freshman to ever start for the late and very distinguished Coach Dean Smith. Jordan also hit a game winning shot to win the 1982 NCAA Championship as a freshman.
MJ was eventually selected 3rd in the 1984 NBA Draft. His hard work had paid off. But Mother Adversity was not finished with him.
When he got to the NBA he immediately showed how great he could be. He could score. He could dazzle. But the Bulls were not winners. As great as Jordan was individually, his team was not a top flight contender for the championship. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were the alpha dogs who were in the NBA Finals each year, not Jordan.
Here we are again at another career altering juncture. Would Jordan continue to only individually dazzle or would he take the route where he would have to work hard and change his game a bit for betterment of the team? Many players stay stuck in the first scenario until it is too late.
Fast forward to the late 1980’s. Jordan and the Bulls are beginning to become a top contender as he has matured in his ability to play basketball a high level. Individually he was still unstoppable but he and his team were able to play better team basketball.
But now he had a massive hurdle that his team could not clear: The Detroit Pistons aka “The Bad Boys.”
The Pistons defeated the Bulls in the playoffs for 3 straight seasons. In sports and in life it is pure agony to get very close to your achieving your goal and then fail.
But here we are at another career juncture for Mike Jordan. Would he accept that the Bulls could not defeat the Pistons or would he work harder to get better to finally defeat his nemesis?
In 1991, Jordan led the Bulls past the Pistons in dominating fashion and won his first of 6 NBA championships by soundly defeating Magic Johnson and the Lakers in the Finals.
What was Jordan’s secret to success? How was he able to overcome this adversity?
Hard work is what separates you from just being a winner to being a champion.
If you truly have the drive to be great then you will need to outwork all of your competition.
You cannot control how tall you are.
You cannot control your the natural genetic structure of your physique.
You cannot control who your parents will be.
You cannot control your economic situation as a young child.
You cannot control how others think of you.
But you can control how hard you work. You have 100 percent control of this situation. When you do not work hard the only person blame is the man or woman in the mirror.
If you truly want to change your body then inconsistently winging it at the gym through a couple lame workouts each week will not do it. You are going to have to go through some pain and commit to the process to earn a new, stand-out physique!
If you truly want to start your business, you cannot just talk about it. You have to do all of the heavy lifting to get the train moving. You will have to do all of things that nobody including you wants to do. No one else is going to make your business a success except you.
If you truly want to become a better athlete then you cannot quit if you get cut. You cannot quit if you lose. You have to use your failures as motivation to come back and dominate your competition.
The secret to success is not really a secret. Choose consistent, hard work and you will reach your goals!
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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