You gotta work!
Verb: be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result.
While growing up, my mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whoever I wanted to be. All I had to do is work for it. As an immigrant, hard work is what I’ve always been exposed to. Everything came twice as hard for me at the beginning, mostly due to the language barrier. And I mean everything! I began to wish for talents or connections, even shortcuts. I figured if I had a natural talent for something, maybe I wouldn’t have to work so hard. Things got much harder as I entered the workforce full time. I thought to myself “this American dream is really kicking my ass”.
Over the years I developed more transparent distinction between talent & hard work. It’s very simple- nobody gives a crap about your talent! All that matters is work. You gotta friken work for your successes.
In my opinion athletes don’t have much talent. They have a spark for something & everything they achieve is because of rigorous training, perseverance & devotion. And they compete with each other because competition is healthy.
Any successful person will tell you that it took them hard work, blood, sweat & tears to get to where they are. So any connections are usually short lived.
Be a professional- not an amateur in everything you do. Do the work even when you’re hurt. True athletes & musicians play even while injured. There is a legendary Game 5 of the NBA 1997 Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, known as the “Flu Game”. As ill as Jordan was it didn’t keep him from balling out. In Chicago’s 90-88 win, the ailing Jordan recorded an unbelievable 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block, including a 3-pointer with less than a minute left that gave the Bulls a lead they did not relinquish. Jon Bon Jovi severely injured his leg in 2 different concerts (New Meadowlands, July 9 2010 & Helsinki June 17, 2011). He finished both concerts in visibly excruciating pain. That’s what I call dedication.
Do honest work. No matter the task & regardless of the profession. Whether you clean toilets, work at the gas station or an office. Do the very best you can do & be proud of it. Take it to heart. There will be a reward at the end- I promise. You’re getting paid. You earn a living. Every buck counts & you also learn. You don’t even know it, but you learn. Someone has something to teach you. Not to mention that you’re establishing connections, meeting people & making contacts.
So show up to work with a can do attitude, go above & beyond and you will always find employment.
“You can’t wait around for destiny to give you what you think you deserve, you have to earn it, even if you think you’ve paid your dues”- Slash