19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful

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A woman jogs past snow covered beach huts in Brighton,  southern England January 7, 2010.


You have to do the hard  things.


  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to  make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want  to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in  return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than  they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already  injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when  playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is  following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though  no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you’re  looking for answers you don’t have.
  • You have to grind out the details when  it’s easier to shrug them off.
  • You have to deliver results when making  excuses is an option.
  • You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an  idiot.
  • You have to try and fail and try  again.
  • You have to run faster even though you’re  out of breath.
  • You have to be kind to people who have  been cruel to you.
  • You have to meet deadlines that are  unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
  • You have to be accountable for your  actions even when things go wrong.
  • You have to keep moving towards where you  want to be no matter what’s in front of you.
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You have to do the hard things. The  things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that  make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the  difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to  avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of  success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified  people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really  are.

Read more:  http://danwaldschmidt.com/2014/01/attitude/hard-things#ixzz2qozJmWwU

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