“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” Kevin Durant
It’s really not your profession that will make you successful, but it’s your commitment to your duties and responsibilities concerning your profession is what will be able to actually make you successful. In every profession there are going to be successful and unsuccessful people. But one of the main reasons that separate two professions of the same vocation is their commitment to it. Your commitment is what will bring about your distinction and make you outstanding and be noticed by others. You have got to put your intelligence, talents, and skills to work. Your commitment is what will help and make you be on top of your career and industry.
Usually many true successful people are the ones who are truly committed to their work. They work very hard; they focus and concentrate on their duties and assignments on what they need to get done. And because of their commitment they look for ways they can perform better.
I truly believe in being graced to do something, but I also believed in hard work. There is no substitute for hard work. You have got to utilize that opportunity when it comes to you. You have got to be dedicated and committed to what you do. And you can’t separate commitment and dedication from hard work.
I have yet to see a top performer who is lazy. Look at all these renowned top performers athletes for example; and you will always see them performing to their maximum abilities. Unless they move, nothing gets done, right? We also, unless we move, our goals and dreams are not going to move. We cannot leave our goals and dreams on the stage of writing them down or on the stage of vision boards and expect them to move and be accomplished on their own. There are duties and responsibilities that we have got to do on our part. And unless we do them, and be committed to getting them done, they are not going to get done.
In our societies today there are many looking for opportunities, jobs, and careers, just to get money and not really to work, or to make a difference in the world, to add value to their employers, to their CV’s, and so on. The just don’t want to work. But the truth is, hard work is a prerequisite to a true success. Your commitment and hard work is what set you apart.
In fact if you have noticed, its only the top performers that are the ones who are being promoted, getting raised at their workplaces. People who perform well, they don’t beg for promotion. Even if they are under a bad management who refuse to promote them, God will somehow send them somebody else to promote them, whether in the same place they were rejected, or a different place.
If you place money before work, you will only get money, but no knowledge and skills of how to multiply and reproduce that money, or know to the depth the effort that you should have gained so far. You will be destroying yourself without even knowing it.
When you are committed to your work or your goals for example, you will become more productive. You will be ahead and on time with your plans. It will make you look more responsible and highly regarded by others because they see your commitment.
In this current era, people want what you have; unless you are satisfied to what you have accomplished so far, you can’t afford to slack off, stop working hard or putting effort. You have to secure your position, career, business, your tomorrow and future, so leave no space for idleness.
The Bible has a lot of scriptures that has to say about laziness, hard work, and commitment.
In the book of Proverbs chapter 22 verse 29, it says “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Another translation says, “Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!”
Another Bible scripture is Proverbs chapter 12 verse 24, it says “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.” Another translation says, “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
But also in the book of Proverbs 16 verse 3, it says “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” So if you want God to establish your plans and steps, commit your work to Him. Pray about it frequently, “Lord, help me commit to my assignments. Establish my plans so that I can accomplish them.”
The Bible also says God can give us the grace to accomplish our assignments more effectively and labor more abundantly than others. Apostle Paul said in the book of 2 Timothy chapter 4 verse 7 that “He has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he has remained faithful.” It was him who also testified that it was because of the grace of God that was bestowed upon him. In New King James Bible version in the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 10, he said that “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” In New International version, it says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
But also in the book of Ecclesiastes 9 chapter 11 it says that “I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”
So that’s why you need to be committed and prepare all the time. So that when opportunity comes your way, you are already on the move, so that you can utilize it to the maximum. Trust me; everybody is looking to be in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it’s all about timing. The worst thing can happen to us is when it’s time, and the opportunity is right before us, but we are not ready to handle it, or prepared for it. I know what I’m talking about, believe me. But I thank God, He gives second, third, and so on chances to opportunities.
Consider these following quotes the billionaire Mark Cuban famous known from his role as a “shark” investor on the popular TV show Shark Tank, has been quoted saying;
“What I’ve learned is that if you really want to be successful at something, you’ll find that you put the time in. You won’t just ask somebody if it’s a good idea, you’ll go figure out if it’s a good idea.”
“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.”
“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.”
“I worked hard and smarter than most people in the businesses I have been in.”
“I still work hard to know my business. I’m continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I’m always selling. Always.”
It has also been discovered that if you are a hardworking person and very committed to what you do, you will mostly likely be ahead of others in your profession, career, and your doings. This proves that if you want to be above and being on the top performing level, then you have got to be committed to what you do. Your commitment and hard work will increase your chances. You need an unwavering commitment to achieve your goals and dreams.
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