As a parent of two young adults, I often will have proud father moments, even when the lessons learned come with disappointment or even heartache. As a business owner and someone that has been self-employed for over 15 years, I still struggle with why things, both personally and professionally are sometimes hard and unfair. Among other lessons, I have learned a couple of key tough lessons about life, but I’ve also learned the value of perseverance.
First lesson. Life is hard. You must work hard to achieve success. You can’t take shortcuts. In business, you will not find a one email marketing campaign. Nor will you find a profit and loss statement with an abundance of income and no expenses. Effort is required to achieve goals. Sometimes, little or nothing is accomplished during a 40 hour work week. It’s the other 60 hours you work where progress gets measured. I am not being doom and gloom, it’s just the reality of life, you must work hard, consistently, over a long period of time to reap the rewards hard work has to offer.
The second lesson to keep in mind is that life is not always fair. Nothing is guaranteed and nothing is a sure thing. Also, what is fair depends on your perspective in life. You will not always win the deals you deserve. You will not make every client happy. Nor will you always get recognition for the accomplishments you have achieved. Sometimes the answers will not come along with an explanation. The manual on fairness has not yet be written.
In spite of life being sometimes hard and unfair, to be successful, continue to do the right thing. Continue to work hard and keep your head in the game. Although it may seem like you’re running the race uphill in both directions, keep moving forward, and you will continue to make progress. Success finds those who stay in the game.
“Those that say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those doing it.” Chinese Proverb
Special thanks to Hal Urban for providing inspiration for this week’s blog. Hal has a book called Life’s Greatest Lessons, 20 Things that Matter. Thanks Monica Williams for introducing me to Hal.