What transforms a great idea into a great achievement? Mostly, it is plain old hard work.
It doesn't hurt to be clever or well connected, or to be in the right place at the right time. Yet what matters most to any success is simply showing up and doing the work.
Great big wonderful things of value are built by adding together small bits of value created in the ordinary moments. The most reliable way to success is to be reliable about putting forth the effort.
Though you may have many great and powerful tools at your disposal, don't expect those tools to do the all work for you. The more you invest yourself in the achievement, the more you'll get out of it.
Plain old hard work is not something to be avoided, but rather something to be sought after and celebrated. In addition to building worthwhile achievements, it builds you, your skills, your confidence and self esteem.
Seek the work, embrace the work and do the work. In that plain old hard work you'll find your very own path to fulfillment of the most satisfying kind.
-- Ralph Marston
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