The Olympian sprinter Usain Bolt famously said, “Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” Throughout history, athletes, business icons, musicians, artists and military commanders have all demonstrated that acclaim and prosperity result from putting in effort over the long haul.
Becoming an Expert
As Malcolm Gladwell discussed in his book “Outliers: The Story of Success,” it takes 10,000 focused hours to become an expert. Spending hours pouring your heart and soul into bringing your vision or goal to life is the only way to achieve greatness.
Getting into a workaholic mentality is the seventh key in @ BizPrivy’s “12 Keys to Success.”
Being a workaholic often carries a negative connotation similar to an addiction. A newer term, “high performer,” is now being used as a more positive description of someone who has extremely focused behavior and prioritizes actions that lead to accomplishing specific goals.
High performers are happy doing what they love and putting in the time required. If developing a workaholic mentality is viewed as becoming a high performer, a recognized key to success, the connotation is much more positive.
Investing Your Time
When you invest your time in something that aligns with your abilities and purpose, long hours just fly by. Having the conviction to do what needs to be done yields a work ethic that is unstoppable. Workaholics are often those who take responsibility and are willing to step up when called upon. It is no wonder that career advancement follows those who have developed a workaholic/high performer mentality.
When utilizing this key to success, it’s worth remembering the words of Colin Powell, former secretary of state and retired four-star general, who said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
A clear commitment to your work provides you with the stamina to meet challenges. And when you love what you do, it never feels like work.
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