A few weeks ago I was approached by Guiseley High School here in Awesome Leeds!! to attend their NRA Presentation for their Yr11's as their guest speaker. My theme for the talk was this - 'There is no shortcut to success - hard work pays.'
So I researched, contemplated, and regurgitated all that I had learnt over the past few decades into a talk that focused on the one thing that irks all teachers and excited all students - Instant Success!!
You know what I mean right, the X-Factor Effect, the 'I'm so talented right now that I don't need to work on my studies, my skills, my talents, because riches and fame are all going to come my way without me even lifting a finger.'
Uh-huh . . .
cause that is SO NOT the way that it works peeps!! Naha, never, not in a million years . . . sorry to seem all 'doom and gloom,' (I like using the term doom and gloom . . . I used it in my talk at Guiseley . . . it's all hell and brimstone, pessimistic, depressing, and ever so slightly attention grabbing).
But, here's the thing . . . it really isn't all doom and gloom . . .
If there is one thing life has taught me is that there is always hope . . . and I don't mean hope in any airy-fairy way, or religious way, or condescending way, nope, I mean hope in the optimistic sense of 'hard work pays.'
Even if the world seems against you, if you remain optimistic, driven, and open to possibility then the rewards will come = this is hope.
Instant success isn't about hope or hard work or even optimism, because it is fleeting. If someone does appear to be "suffering" instant success, then they really haven't really grasped the meaning of what true success is. Success is not really success if there has been no battle fought for it. But when I say battle I don't mean a war, or a fight, or an argument, nope, I mean bringing heart, passion, and NEED! You succeed when you need more then you fight, when you need more than you doubt, when you need more than you stumble.
Think of the battle as the journey to the your goal . . . When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest, they battled to the top . . . but the journey was as important as the end goal, and it was their Passion, their Need that got them through that journey, to the top of that mountain, to freedom!
Freedom of the soul, of the mind, of purpose and desire.
Do you know your goal? Do you know your journey? Do you know how to enjoy the journey? Do you know how to enjoy the learning, the growing, the expansion that the journey can bring?
The journey is the purpose, the goal the reward, so go forth with purpose, prepare to grow exponentially, and succeed.
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright