Hard Work Beats Talent Every Day…
“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”Colin Powell
Here at Semester, we are all about teaching you those vital #GrowthHacks which are fundamentally going to help develop your personal growth. However, there is one thing that cannot be underestimated when it comes to achieving your goals… you must be prepared to work hard!
At Semester, we (Joe & Nathan) are currently both working full time jobs. This whilst working towards getting our passion to support students through the Semester Student Planner off the ground. Sometimes we both find ourselves working until late at night, sometimes we must sacrifice our weekends, and sometimes we even need to say no to certain plans that seem incredibly tempting at the time. We are not telling you this to blow our own trumpet and to say that the “hustle culture” is correct…far from it, but simply make the point that it takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice and determination to reach the goals that are most worth it.
As a student, you may also find yourself in the position whereby sometimes you are slogging out those long library hours! It’s worth noting that anybody who has gone on to achieve their biggest goals, will not have done any of those without a strong work ethic. It seems like an obvious thing when we say it, but it’s true.
Bonus Tip: Hard work and work ethic itself is closely linked to delayed gratification…another one of our key growth hacks. Watch out in the next few weeks for another blog about how you can utilise this alongside committed work to get more quality work done with less effort.
Yes, there are most definitely ways in which we can be more efficient. We created the #GrowthHack on this basis and there is always ways in which we can grow personally and become more efficient, productive or fulfilled. We want to teach you vital skills to support you and we also want to protect your wellbeing, so we are not encouraging unhealthy habits. However, we also must point out there is no substitute for hard work. If you want to achieve your goals, you must be prepared to do the same. Sometimes, you will have to make sacrifices in the face of things that seem so much more tempting at the time.
In addition to this, if your goals are too easy to reach, you’re not setting them high enough. Sounds a little cliche and I get it, but it’s also true. The reason we must work so hard is because we have set ourselves very ambitious goals.
Once you figure out the goals which you want to achieve for yourself, we hope that they can then massively inspire you, which means you want to work extremely hard in reaching them! (Go back to the ‘What is your ‘why’ blog post if you need some motivation for this).
We as founders go back to our vision board. Our vision board reminds us of what our ideal day looks like. We remind ourselves what we are working towards, which subsequently is what inspires us to keep moving forward on a vision to support you with your future personal growth and wellbeing. However, we are fully aware that it is going to take a hell of a lot of hard work to get there and we are fully prepared for this.
However, as your own personal mentors we want to make you aware that your own goals will also take hard work too! Remember that and get comfortable with it. Help on how to get comfortable with it can be found in this blog post…
“Work ethic is important because, unlike intelligence, athleticism, charisma, or any other natural attribute, it’s a personal choice.”
It takes discipline and commitment in reaching your goals and a strong work ethic is a must. What choice will you make?
With that all said and done, here at Semester we want to support you on the way, so reach out to us for support, let us know your thoughts in the comments, and make sure to share your journey with us! Additionally, the Semester Student Planner Framework is set up specifically so that it continues to support and remind you to keep pushing forward on your ultimate goals. Find out more about the framework by visiting the “How the Planner Works” page on our website.
And finally, most important of all…