“As a nation, our entire populace seems to have lost appreciation for the value of a strong work ethic. We’ve had two, if not three, generations of Americans who have known great prosperity, wealth, and ease. Our expectations of what it really takes to create lasting success—things like grit, hard work, and fortitude—aren’t alluring, and thus have been mostly forgotten. We’ve lost respect for the strife and struggle of our forefathers.” “The truth is, complacency has impacted all great empires including, but not limited to, the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Portuguese, France, and English. Why? Because nothing fails like success. Once-dominant empires have failed for this very reason. People get to a certain level of success and get too comfortable.”
This is an excerpt from the inspirational book written by the publisher of Success Magazine, Darren Hardy, titled “The Compound Effect: Jumpstart your income, your life, your success,” which I wish every single American – including President Obama – would read. Unfortunately, in today’s America, hard-work isn’t a value which resonates with many.
This week, Hardy is hosting an event for one of the fastest growing companies in America, Vemma – and it’s not surprising, as with hard work comes success. Some inspirational quotes from Hardy’s book to take to heart:
“Here is what it takes to be successful: hard work.”
“Earning success is hard. The process is laborious, tedious, sometimes even boring. Becoming wealthy, influential, and world-class in your field is slow and arduous. Don’t get me wrong; you’ll see results in your life from following these steps almost immediately.”
“Everything in your life exists because you first made a choice about something. Choices are at the root of every one of your results. Each choice starts a behavior that over time becomes a habit. Choose poorly, and you just might find yourself back at the drawing board, forced to make new, often harder choices. Don’t choose at all, and you’ve made the choice to be the passive receiver of whatever comes your way”
“Your core values are your internal compass, your guiding beacon, your personal GPS. They act as the filter through which you run all of life’s demands, requests, and temptations, making sure they’re leading you toward your intended destination. Getting your core values defined and properly calibrated is one of the most important steps in redirecting your life toward your grandest vision”
“The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not. Remember that; it will come in handy many times throughout life.”
“A daily routine built on good habits is the difference that separates the most successful amongst us from everyone else.”
Framed around the office of my NY PR Agency are some great inspirational quotes, and as we enter 2014, I wanted to share a few of them:
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” — Dr. Napoleon Hill
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain
Let’s hope that 2014 brings America back its work ethic and national pride.
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