Hard Work Trumps All
Feb 01, 2015 09:25PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys
By Kevin Arndt
A few months ago I wrote that consistency was the “magic pill” for getting results. After having a conversation with my boss about getting results, whether it is in sports, the gym or life, we both agreed that hard work is the only thing that you can control and will almost always get you results. John Wooden, one of the greatest coaches and motivators in sports history, said, “Success travels in the company of very hard work, there is no trick, no easy way.” This quote was one of the most important pieces of advice I have ever received. We all want certain things in life, but we all want the easiest way to achieve it. There is nothing wrong with that. The human body and mind are designed to find the path of least resistance. The problem is nothing worth achieving comes without hard work.
Consistency and hard work travel together. It takes discipline to get up early every single morning, even when every bone in your body is telling you to go back to bed. It takes hard work when something comes up unexpectedly and gets in the way of your goal for the day, like when you are drained at the end of the day and just want to watch TV or when pizza sounds better than a healthy meal. Hard work isn’t always associated with sweat, exhaustion, or feeling like a truck hit you after a workout. Hard work is more often associated with the day-to-day grind of the little things.
No athletes do this better than swimmers. Many swimmers have an amazing work ethic. They usually get up around 5:30am, go to swim practice or workouts, go to school, go back for another 2 hours of practice, go home, and do homework, all while still managing to find enough sleep and get good grades. It is part of their culture, but they also have a great understanding that to get what they want out of life, they have to work hard and do things they don’t want to do. Because of this work ethic, many of them become successful in one capacity or another.
This is the mentality that athletes, or anybody for that matter, need to have in order to reach their goals. It won’t always be easy, but in the end, they will not only reach their goals, but also learn that hard work gets them farther than any other trait a person possesses.