Several years ago a young man came up to me after a workshop and said, “Mr. Newton, you have reputation as hard worker, just how many hours do you put in everyday?” I replied, “I simply work a half day, everyday…12 hours!”
In my study of human achievement, I’ve found that all things are positively impacted by hard work. There’s nothing that will bring you to the attention of your superiors faster than you developing the reputation of being a hard worker and longer, you will undoubtedly impress the people who are in a position to help you and accelerate your career.
Dr. Thomas Stanley conducted a study in which he interviewed dozens of self-made millionaires in America. Almost every single one told him that their success was due more to hard work than to any other factor.
In this country a normal workweek is considered to be 40 hours. However, 40 hours is just for survival. If all you work is 40 hours, all you get is enough money to survive. You tread water, you stay even, but you never break out and move ahead to the great success that many be possible for you. No, not on only 40 hours per week! Every hour over 40 (working or preparation) that you put in is an investment in yourself. If you’re only working 40 hours per week, you’re just not serious about fulfilling your potential! The number of hours over 40 that you put in is an indication of exactly how serious you are about being your best.
It seems to me that the harder you work, the luckier you get. When you work hard, hard, hard toward a goal that is important, you open up a vast storehouse of opportunities for you and will bring people and resources to you that would not have come any other way.
Remember, to get more out of life, you must put more into life.
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