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Jun 22

Everything’s Possible with Hard Work

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How much can you achieve with hard work?

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Last week I got crossed out an item in my bucket list by fulfilling my lifelong dream of  becoming an author.  After months of 5-hour sleep and weekend work, I was finally able to publish my first book.  It was a delight to see my name on Amazon and be called “Author”.  It was surreal and absolutely satisfying to see people download my work and tell me how inspiring and entertaining a read it was.  Feedback like these just made it all worth it.

It’s a real pleasure to enjoy the fruits of my labor because the road it took to publishing this book wasn’t a smooth one.  It took a lot of work, patience, pain and sweat to finally get this out but you know what, it’s not much different from the goals you set out for yourself.  A new car, a job promotion, a new skill, all these will only be achievable when you do the work.

What does it take to realize a goal or a dream?

What would it take to make them possible?

How much hard work do you need to put into it?

 

Just start

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”
― Zig Ziglar

Procrastination was my biggest enemy before I started writing my book.  I wanted everything to be perfect so I did all the research I can.  I read a lot of blogs and listened to several podcasts on self-publishing but the biggest problem I faced was when to actually start writing.

I think it’s within our nature to strive for excellence because of our fear of failing or being judged and that’s all good but you can’t get stuck in the planning phase.  At some point, you have to just close your eyes, take a deep breath and jump in so if you’ve got this desire to become a writer or an artist or a public speaker perhaps, you’ve got to start doing the work.

I only started to get my rhythm when I began writing the first few pages of the book so whatever your goal is, trust me, you won’t get the same rhythm and motivation I did unless you begin doing the work.

Enough of the planning and just do it.  Don’t be afraid to fail because everyone who succeeded on something started as an amateur.

 

Do it for yourself

There were times during the writing phase of my book when I started to lose the motivation to continue because I thought, what if no one buys my book?

What if people thought I was crazy or weird or an author-wannabe?

I must admit I almost gave in to the temptation of just not finishing the book because of these negative thoughts but I did my best to fight off these feelings and in the end, I decided I will finish the book not for anyone else but for myself.  This is my dream and if anyone can make it happen, it’s me so why should I let people steal it from me?

Don’t let people’s judgment stop you from pursuing your dreams.  There are people out there who will always be out to judge us and you can’t do anything about it.  It’s beyond your control so focus on what you can control and that is your mindset.  You can’t get everything you want in life if you continue to rely on people’s approval.

 

Stop making excuses

I was employed as a manager in an IT firm while I was writing my book (and still am) and if there’s one thing I needed a lot of in finishing this book, it’s time.  I worked from 11am to 8pm Mondays through Fridays and my weekends are spent with the family.  I also have a blog that I regularly update so time wasn’t really a luxury for me but if you really want something so bad, you can’t make excuses.

I started following a schedule for writing.  I get home at around 10pm because of the nightly traffic so I made sure I had my dinner before 11pm because that’s when I put on the writer’s hat.

I worked on my blog Mondays and Tuesdays for an hour or more depending on how sleepy I get.  Wednesdays I promote my blog through the different social media platforms so Thursdays and Fridays are spent for the book.  I sneaked in some writing on weekends if we don’t have plans.

I must admit that the schedule wasn’t followed religiously and that I did make excuses a couple of times.

“I worked so hard so I deserve a rest” or “I deserve some chill time by watching The Walking Dead or The Flash”.   I could have finished the book a lot earlier had I not been lazy but then again, I take responsibility for that.

You can’t make excuses if you want to get something.  If there’s not enough time, you have to make time.  If you think you deserve a reward, you can claim it later when you’re done.  The less you make excuses, the faster you can accomplish your goal.

 

Stick to the plan

Every big goal or project requires a detailed plan but more importantly, it’s sticking to these plans that will make all the difference.  I failed many times to stick to what I set out for.  I originally planned on publishing the book January of 2016 and it took another six months for that to happen so when I took a one week leave on the first week of June, I really put all my effort to finish it.

I took care of the kids in the morning before they go to school, do household chores, and write until late afternoon. I take a short nap and then get back to writing again.  I also stayed up late if needed.

I told myself that this has to end.  The book must be out before I get back to work so that’s what I did and you know what, all the hard work was all worth it!

 

Over to You

Is there a project or dream you are working on?  How far along are you?  What are you doing to make it happen?

I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment or share your story.

You can get a copy of my book, From Garbage to Gold by clicking on the image below:

From Garbage to Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

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  1. Julian Sirian (@JulianSirian)

    Great post.

    Totally agree, and it reminds me off a famous Star Trek scene in the film with Kirk and Picard (although this scene was a lot earlier on, between Kirk and Scotty). Scotty comes out with, one of the best lines in a Star Trek film when he responds that if something is important, you make the time.
    I’ve tried to remember that myself, and, whilst I appreciate it is not always easy to follow, you feel better when you do it.
    Thanks for posting

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks Julian! Been a while buddy! Absolutely agree. We often make the excuse of not having time to do something but if you really want it and want it badly, you will make time for it no matter what.

  2. Saurav Kumar Nayak

    Hi Noel,
    Glad to read your post!
    It is rather true that without hard work you cannot achieve anything in life. The people who are successful, Shares their success story everywhere. One thing will be common to all.
    I am more like you Noel; I also delay things which need to be done. Whatever the reason maybe, It can be Fear, Casual attitude, laziness, Overconfidence etc. These are the things which will be hurdle in your path to success and trouble you a lot.
    A proper plan is must if you want to get things done in less time without error. It will help you predicate the problems that will arise in future and find a solution for it. The hard work can never be compensated by any Excuses if you really want to achieve anything Big.
    Setting up a Paragon for your task also helps, I have experienced it. This will give you motivation and inspiration that you’ll require when you’ll find yourself in trouble.
    I would like to suggest you one thing Noel that the Font size in your Blog is very small. It is very difficult to read your post. Try fixing it.

    With best regards,
    Saurav

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks Saurav. Appreciate your inputs especially your suggestion about the fonts in my blog. If we really want something done, we cant make excuses. We must work hard and just take action because the success of a goal or project depends on our shoulders.

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