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Give Everything You Have

Oct-31-2010 By admin

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A.Edison (1847-1931)

It has taken me a while to understand this but if you are to break free and find freedom it is going to take a bit of work. Sorry, but it is.

The best way of starting is to put everything you have into that work. If you are going it alone there is only one person you can truly rely upon – yourself. You have to become self dependent in order to find freedom and the best way to persuade yourself you can break free is to put everything you can into your purpose. To become single-minded: at least initially.

A one hundred percent commitment will set up the foundations, which will help you find freedom.

Some opportunities require more work than others but the truth is you need to put some work in. The best things always require you to pay a higher price. Indeed, the more work you need to put in, the greater the feeling of success when you do break free and find freedom.

My first job (many years ago) was working in a bank. The elderly manager, Freddie Northover, once told me he would look at the car of any business owner who approached him for a loan. If the man drove a rusty old beat-up car, he would get the money. If he drove a new top-of-the-range Mercedes or similar, he would get nothing. Why? Mr Northover said he looked for the man who had already put everything into his business and had taken nothing out: this would be the business that succeeded.

Often in the world of the job you are expected to work nine to five for five days a week (or perhaps set shift patterns). In any case, you are usually only committed to the job while you are at work. In breaking free, you must do the work that is needed. Only you are responsible for your success.

Having said that, you do need to take time out to recharge and enjoy planned rewards or you will be inefficient at your work anyway, but pleasure should never be more important than your break free goal.

In any case, the drive to break free and find freedom should make work less onerous, as you can always see where you are headed. Hopefully you will have chosen work that you enjoy anyway.

This is the lesson for me this week. To find freedom, I have to give up some free time to buy it back again. It’s a strange paradox that you often have to give up what you want to win it back permanently.

Tell those close to you what you are doing and why so they understand why they cannot see so much of you for the time being. Most times they will understand that breaking free means you can spend more time with them in the long term. Some I have spoken to find their families become their greatest cheer leaders once they understand – even finding their children nag them when they slack in their discipline!

This week I will start working 12 hours a day to push for my break free goal and find freedom. I encourage you to show commitment too: it will be worth it!

You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.

Warren Beatty

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