Today I want to let you in on another great truism of success not often discussed.
Are you ready for it?
You might not like it.
In fact, I am sure you won’t like it.
Because I don’t. No great achiever does.
But it is a reality nonetheless.
Here it is:
It’s something I reveal and outline in my book The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster. Look, I know you read the fantastic stories of success in magazines, you watch their biographies on Bloomberg’s Game Changer or ICON shows and you think, oh, “I wish I could be Richard Branson, Bono, Oprah, Payton Manning or anyone else you envy.”
Ah, no you don’t.
You have no idea the pain, suffering and sheer boredom they go through to be where they are. You see the 5% that’s really awesome—Bono on stage, Oprah on camera, Branson in a PR stunt, Payton Manning throwing the winning touchdown. But what you don’t see is the absolute monotony that precedes those moments.
Now I’m NOT just talking about the dramatic and painful failures and difficulties each of these people has encountered, endured and overcome to get to where they are. We’ve talked before about the minefield of failure one has to journey through to get to the pasture of success. Now I’m revealing a deeper truth, and that is the insignificant, non-emotional, downright boring, monotonous and mundane day-to-day GRIND.
When the cameras are off, when the terrific highs and the awful lows are filmed and recorded and the camera crew has left. I’m talking about the fantastically dull every day, day in and day out grind. Ultimately that is where the great divide exists.
Hey, you’ve always wanted to know what separates the GREAT achievers from everyone else. Well, here it is:
They grind it out during the dull, arduous, boring, monotonous and mundane times more than you do.
When you don’t feel like working out, they are grinding.
When you decide to close your computer and call it a day, they are grinding further.
When you make the 10 calls you promised you’d make, they keep grinding.
It’s the hours in the gym that you don’t see.
It’s the thousands of balls they hit on the practice green that is not filmed.
It is the hundreds of gigs they perform in small seedy clubs for no pay.
It is the thousands of calls they make that DON’T result in a sale.
It’s the years of two-a-days in the hot sun and grinding it out in the minor leagues and doing meetings where no one shows up.
All those moments, despite the boredom and the mundaneness, they. keep. GRINDING!
Look, I know you don’t like this answer, but it is THE answer.
When you got tired, they grinded.
When you lost motivation, they grinded.
When you’ve done your best, they grinded.
When you played Angry Birds or Solitaire on your mobile phone, they grinded.
I read an article this morning about John Legend recalling his early days. He said, “I would play … all these small places in New York where a lot of young musicians get their start.” John is talking about his music career after he took the risk to NYC in 2000. He said, “[I would do] whatever I could do to get people talking about my music. It was a grind. A slow painful process. A couple of years into it, we could get, like, 300 or 400 people to show up at [New York music venue] S.O.B.’s, but at first we were happy to get, like, 50 or 60 or 70 people to show up.”
“But that whole grind is just part of how you get discovered, how you develop yourself as a performer,” he added. “I think it makes everything I do now more worth it, because I put in all that time and all that effort.”
That story is not unique to John Legend.
It’s the same old story for every great achiever.
Learn to master the mundane. Know that it will be those boring, dull and mundane moments when you will be gaining strides on everyone else because it is in the mundane where drift happens. Where excuses are easy to come by— no one is watching after all, the weather is bad, it is the weekend, it is late, you have had a long week, or whatever thought satiates your psychological desire to remove your nose from the grindstone— learn to push those thoughts aside and keep grinding.
So what do you have to do to be fantastically successful?
Leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Move mountains and swim upstream?
Perform miracles, do the impossible, and be heroic?
Nope. None of that.
You have to GRIND.
You have to out grind your competition.
Sure you have to be smarter and more strategic, but nothing will replace the need to just GRIND.
So to sum up, GRIND baby GRIND.
Success is extracted from the grinding of mundane work.
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