If you have the ability to work hard you have the capacity to become successful.

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That’s what most people get in this world that glorifies talent, those who seemingly do what others can’t do in an effortless fashion.

You get people who actually think they’re beneath others.

For starters, where you’re born is not indicative of who you are nor who you can be.

A guy born into a rich family will be afforded more opportunity at face value, but he’ll be robbed of the opportunity to develop grit and toughness unless he goes way out of his way to do it on his own (think Theodore Roosevelt).

The guy born into less will have a tougher time, there’s no way around it, but this is the hand he’s been dealt, and to cry about it wishing he was dealt someone else’s hand is only destructive to him. It turns him into a victim, the oppressed, the ‘have not’, when the truth is he has the single thing you need to live a flourishing life: the ability to work hard.

Hard work and persistence do much more than bring in eventual wealth – and even then, that’s never guaranteed, you have to be smart as well as persistent, open and aware of the opportunities around you, and you have to have timing – they give us the virtues and attributes that will serve us well in life, far better than a hand-out ever can.

All we want is to live a flourishing life, one filled with accomplishment, meaning, purpose, and happiness.

We don’t really want to be happy. Being happy is an emotion; it’s a state we can’t always control. Sometimes we need sadness and despair, they’re parts of life, necessary aspects to the highs and lows we all experience.

What we really want is to flourish, to win, to feel useful and to have a purpose behind what we’re doing and why we’re waking up.

To flourish, to be fulfilled, to win and accomplish, and to be of value, we need to be better. That is, we need to be tougher – toughness comes from persisting through hardships. We need to be smarter – intelligence comes from learning, often from failure.

The skills and attributes we need to be good (character) and great (persistence and intelligence) are developed within moments we want to escape from.

It’s the poverty we were born into. It’s the years of hard work we had to put in before we earned what we thought we deserved. It’s even the ass-kissing we had to do while we were at the bottom that enabled us to kick ass when we got to the top.

The common thread in each of these, in what we want in life and what we want from life is that if we have the ability to persist and work hard, we have the ability to win.

Everyone has that ability, be he rich or poor, and there are benefits to being rich, just like there are benefits to being poor. It’s just perspective, and it’s a perspective you have to have that ignores societies hierarchy and delves into something deeper, more spiritual, and more real than the status we can buy by having more expensive things and living in an expensive area.


About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

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Methodical Persistence Beats Motivation Every Time

Methodical Persistence Beats Motivation Every Time

Forget Motivation, Be Persistent

In love as in business, he had a longer time frame, a more settled will, than other people. ~ John Chernow

Quiet persistence isn’t sexy. It’s not what gains one acclaim nor fame. We want to hear about the inspired, the motivated, the moments of daring that change a man’s life and the world in the process. (Read This: Quietly Become Great)

That’s not how it works.

Winning at life and in business is less about motivation and more about what you do every day.

The quote above is, of course, an observation about the constitution of John D. Rockefeller, once the richest man in the world and in comparing wealth to spending, also one of its most frugal.

He saw life not as a romantic novel with him as its protagonist, but as a culmination of each individual day.

Each day is a life. What you do every day determines what you’ll create by your end. It determines your legacy and your value.

Today we aim to be busy, to be engaged in something with energy. Rockefeller had the wonderful insight in this pursuit that…

People who are perpetually busy are rarely proportionately successful.

It’s not about taking chunks out of your pursuit. Life isn’t about the grand days, though there must be some. Life is a daily grind. The key word is daily. Not wanting to break routine, Rockefeller worked on his wedding day. He kept detailed accounts of his expenses and earning and worked hard, but never aimed to merely be busy. (Read This: 12 Business Lessons from John D. Rockefeller)

He took long breaks during the day. He got out of the office, but every day he accomplished valuable work. He chipped away at his work daily, not aiming to do it all at once, not aspiring to show that he was doing it all at once.

His work was habitual. His life was habitual.

My Content Strategy

My business is essentially writing. I do other things, like filming or editing or some work on the sites, but the vast majority of my time is spent at the computer writing.

Writing is seen as something that’s beholden to motivation.

The inspired are writers.

That’s just not the case. I’ve seen it in guys like Stephen King who write every single day. And I’ve experienced it in my own work and in my own life that good things don’t happen unless you work at them every day. No days off. No attempts to knock off 10,000 words in a day. Just routine.

I’ve had routines that relied on motivation. They’re routines that looked more at the work done in a week rather than putting specific tasks into certain days of the week. They don’t work. The work never gets done.

Now, I work on one thing a day, with other days left for bigger projects. Every Tuesday, for example, I work on newsletters. They get done and they fit better together because they’re tackled in the same mind-frame.

Podcasts and other videos are on Wednesday.

The other days have their purposes be they articles or bigger projects, even books, even things we’re not releasing until next year.

The pursuit has to be daily and routine in order to be productive.

When you get your work done every day, you free up far more time to live as well, and writing in my mind is dependent on living a life worth writing about.

Your Work. Your Life.

It isn’t about what you appear to be doing, but about what you actually get done. Not all of us have bosses that understand this. Most bosses want you to show up at a certain time, on their clock, and work as they want you to work. (Read This: How to Get More Done in Less Time)

Do that. And do more.

With your training, aim to add small but effective habits into your routine to get you closer to your goal.

It’s not just the workout, but the 200 push ups you do everyday, or the breakfast that you have or the run or walk you go for after work.

Create the habits. Do the work. Don’t look for acclaim or eyes focused on what you’re doing or how you’re doing it. Don’t tweet or Facebook the epic work you’re doing. Just go at your business methodically. Track it. See the progress you’re making. Measure everything. And continue this boring ass march that will one day give you an unmatched source of pride.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.
You can contact him at –