Building wealth is hard work! You see, to actually build wealth, you have to do something to get it. That means you actually have to work. Work smart. But also work hard. Anyone telling you that you can earn a six figure income in 6 months with no effort is lying. Plain and simple. Yes, you can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars - and sometimes, in a relatively short time - but you will have to work.
I guess I'm sort of wound up about this topic right now. You see, this morning, I was having coffee with a friend and I was telling her about all of the great people I have met lately: Larry Hochmann, Andy Shepherd, Joel Comm, Felicia Slattery. Each of them have achieved phenomenal success. And I gained valuable information from each of them that is helping me move in the same direction. And when I tried to encourage my struggling business friend to at least LOOK at what these great coaches offered, her reaction astounded me. "Hard work and skill won't get you anywhere. You have to have a system." (Does anyone other than me think she's been watching WAY too many infomercials?)
Granted, the concept of getting ahead by hard work has become somewhat passe over the years. We are all encouraged to "leverage this" and "maximize that" and to "work smarter not harder." And those are all great ideas. We should leverage everything we can in our quest for success. And why wouldn't you want to maximize all that you do. And of course we should all strive to work more efficiently and effectively, i.e. smarter, when we can. But you still have to work hard. I don't care how much you leverage, maximize or whatever - if you are only working on your business a few hours a week, you will get a few hours a week worth of results!
My granny taught me that you get what you give. That means if you give effort, you get results. If you give leveraged, maximized, smart effort, you get enormous results!
Don't believe me? Take it from the experts. One of the first speakers I ever heard was Carrie Wilkerson. Carrie's presentation centered on building success using "M&Ms". What's one of the M&Ms? Massive action to completion. Massive action = hard work.
Or read an excerpt from an email I received from Bob the Teacher after enrolling in his Teleseminar Formula workshop. "It's an intense schedule...Keep yourself focused on this one course, and eliminate as many distractions as you can." Intense schedule, keep focused. Or in other words, hard work!
How much work is enough? Think about it like this. If you are working full time at your business, then you should be devoting 8-9 hours a day to your work. If you had a job, would you tell your boss you can only work 2 hours a day and still expect to get paid in full? Of course not! Your business is your job. Work it like you would your job. Forty hours a week. Now I know some of you are saying "Hey - if I'm working 40 hours a week, why not just keep my job?" Well, I work 40 hours a week - in my PJ's some days, on my porch, at the local Starbucks, in Orlando, at my daughter's or my sister's. Can't do that with a job! And if I want to work all night and sleep in, I can. If I want to work all weekend and take a couple of days off during the week, that's my choice.
Now if you are still working a job part time while you build your business, that's a different story. But you still need to be devoting a least an hour or two EVERY DAY to your business. One day off for your relationship with God and family (wealth without God and family is meaningless) - and then back to work.
Knowledge, skills, and hard work are what it takes to succeed. Forget the "system" that will make you money while you sleep. Sure you can eventually automate and build your own system that will allow you to generate income 24/7. But unless you have been building your business for a while, some hard work now is what will make the difference in your success down the road. So roll up your sleeves, turn off that infomercial, turn on your computer, and let's get going!
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