Too often our society creates a belief that we can have it all without putting forth the time, the effort, or the dedication required for success.
As popular culture would have it, by the time women are at the ripe age of 30, we’re expected to have locked down the perfect (high-paying) job leading us into our destined career of owning several businesses and impacting millions of people around the world through our humanitarian and charitable efforts.
“You only need to spend 30 seconds scrolling through social media these days to come across one (or more) ways to make “easy” money—and to make it fast.”
This notion can make sense because we are also expected to have found the perfect spouse by this time. Our biological clocks are ticking, so we also should enjoy vacationing together in exotic places before we are expected to start a family. Then we create the perfect 2.5 children who stroll through life effortlessly, because we’ve created the perfect bubble for them to live in. Then, on to early retirement to go back to vacationing in exotic places.
You only need to spend 30 seconds scrolling through social media these days to come across one (or more) ways to make “easy” money—and to make it fast.
You could sign on with one of the many multi-level marketing companies available to you, in hopes that just from signing up you’ll soon be making over $15,000 a month (just like your friend Karen who has been in business for the past 5 years!) Just take your pick—you could sign up to sell anything you want: the latest diet craze, the newest skincare line, some all-natural hair products, or even some essential oils. The options are endless.
Yes, success is often measured in dollar signs and the expectation to create a million-dollar business from home can be appealing—and it can also be done.
But what is easy to forget, or what some companies may not share with you right off the bat, is the amount of effort and work it takes to build a sustainable income.
The truth is simple: you can’t win or succeed at anything unless you’re willing to go into the trenches, over and over again.
The famous phrase, “You reap what you sow,” comes to mind. We don’t harvest what we don’t plant. Success does not come if we don’t put in the effort required to succeed.
So, here are 3 simple steps that you can take today to get moving on the pathway to success:
- Discover your passion. Many people come to a point in their careers when they are unhappy, wondering why they’ve wasted so much time in a job they don’t love. We need to learn to be honest with ourselves, so we can fully understand who we are and who we are not. If we chase after money and perceived success, rather than our own destiny and purpose, we will always come up short.
- Learn from others. We are often unwilling to listen intently to those who can improve the work we are doing. There are many lessons to be learned from those who have gone before us in business, and those we report to as well as those who we lead. Having an open, teachable attitude opens you up for success because you will always be growing and learning.
- Stick with it. Whatever you choose to do, whether it be starting a business or working your way up at your current job—choose to stay consistent. Consistent effort leads to great payoff in the end. Talk to any multi-million-dollar business owner and they will tell you that the beginning stages were not easy, but they stuck to it, and it paid off in the end.
Whether you end up making millions, impacting thousands, or better yet—discovering your own purpose and passion for life, we know that success only comes from hard work, dedication, and consistency. Stick with it—and you won’t be disappointed.