Thursday, February 12, 2015

Work is dressed in overalls

One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Edison, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

No matter how hard you are working, and no matter how large the obstacles, those times when it seems to be the end of the road, realize that its just the beginning.

The hard road is just starting.

Work doesn't get you to the beginning of the road, - Preparation does.  Work gets you through and past the hard road, the tough times.   That's when work comes in.

Ideas, intuition, planning, strategizing, all of those things get you to the starting line.   Work takes you down the road.

Recognizing the difference is critical to final success.  Not recognizing the difference can cause you to throw in the towel, give up and worst yet, spin your wheels and waste your time.  Recognizing the difference between work and preparation is like recognizing the difference between jogging and an Olympic race. One is training, the other one is life changing.

Knowing when you are stuck, spinning your wheels or at an impasse will tell you when its time to work, and when to work harder.

That is when opportunity is not missed or thrown away.  That is when opportunity begins to turn into success.

And yes, sometimes work is dressed in overalls and does not look appealing.  That is one sign that it is actual work.

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