Hard Work and Success

I’m a big fan of the Savage Chickens cartoon blog.  In today’s post one of the chickens is holding a violin and saying to another, “I don’t want to practice.  I want to skip ahead to the part where I’m awesome.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.  There is no skipping ahead.  Successful people put in the time and effort it takes to become awesome.  Vince Lombardi, the famous Green Bay Packers football coach, and winner of Super Bowls I and II, said it very well.  “The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.”  Playing the game, or playing the violin at Carnegie Hall, is fun.  The hours of preparation no so much — but serious preparation is the key to success and the opportunity to play in the big game and in front of an audience.

One of my early mentors always used to say that “preparation makes up for a lack of talent.”  In other words, the most talented person usually doesn’t do as well as the most prepared person.

A couple of days ago, I sent this Michaelangelo quote to members of my career mentoring site.  “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”  Same idea. Hard work is necessary for success.

And, since I’m on a roll with quotes today, here’s another one from Vince Lombardi.  “The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

The point?  You’ve got to do the work if you want to succeed.

Your career mentor,


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