The Work

In the previous post I provided A Blueprint for Success. It was simple and broken down into its base components but I wanted to go further.

I said that to be successful, you needed, initially at least, to move. What does that mean?

Moving is the work.

For you to be successful, work needs to be done. Of course, you don’t want to be wasting your time doing busy work; you know that work that really isn’t adding much of anything to the end result, yet everyone seems to be busy doing it.

But if you’re starting out on your journey to make a difference, sometimes you will do the wrong work, and that’s ok. You’ll learn for next time. However, nothing gets done if no work gets done.

The work, at the end of the day, is the most basic level of success. It is the essential ingredient for everything else you want to achieve.

Getting in, sitting down, rolling the sleeves up and just doing the work. That’s the sign of a professional. As Steven Pressfield says in his amazing book The War of Art, a professional turns up everyday and gets the work done, even if the conditions aren’t perfect.

There is a freeing quality once you know this. Knowing that each day, work needs to be done; that structure provides freedom. It allows your mind, in that time period, to just focus on the work. In this modern society of short attention spans, this time to focus, is even more important.

You can do all the planning you like, but at the end of the day, someone needs to do the work.

And the reward for doing this? The work itself is the reward.

And that is why you need to do the work.

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