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Do the Things Others Aren’t Willing To Do

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The other day an attendee at an event where I was speaking asked me to reveal the secret to my success. I guess since I was the one on stage there was an assumption that I had actually figured something out, but of course, success is a very relative thing indeed.

My answer wasn’t a secret so much as a truth – the secret to success is to be willing to do the things that others aren’t and be prepared to do them for a really long time.

I know, that’s not a very glamorous bit of news, but it is how you win the game.

Over the weekend I went for my normal Saturday run. I cover a course that is often teeming with runners, joggers and walkers. On this morning a sturdy North wind was pushing near freezing rain at me and I recall only passing one other brave soul.

Now, I’m not that disciplined as a runner and I am very capable of rolling over and sleeping in, but on this given run I was reminded that getting ahead takes incredible determination and consistency.

  • Others aren’t willing to keep writing
  • Others aren’t willing to keep learning
  • Others aren’t willing to look foolish
  • Others aren’t willing to think bigger
  • Others aren’t willing to give more
  • Others aren’t willing to get up earlier
  • Others aren’t willing to ask for help
  • Others aren’t willing to test and track
  • Others aren’t willing to invest in their energy
  • Others aren’t willing to embrace change
  • Others aren’t willing to learn from mistakes
  • Others aren’t willing to build relationships
  • Others aren’t willing to say no to things
  • Others aren’t willing to use technology
  • Others aren’t willing to practice
  • Others aren’t willing to make purpose

Others aren’t willing to do the things you do – and that’s how you win.

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