Someone once said to me “I wish I had your life, it’s so easy for you”. This certainly struck a nerve! I asked why they felt this way and the response was “You are so happy, everything just happens for you and you make it look so easy.” So I defended myself on the 25+ years of dedication, late nights, early mornings, weekends invested on my career and on I went.
Today, I have learned to simply smile and laugh when this type of comment arises. Now I respond with “Thanks. It takes a lot of sacrifice every day. I get up, do what I love, and work hard on each thing to give it my best and then some.” They usually do not believe me. Why?
Why do some people assume it is just so easy? We work at it every day, each conversation, each meeting, each client and each prospect requires preparation, energy, focus, expertise, caring and time to build and continue to build a trusting relationship.
We have heard professionals such as athletes and musicians only take 10 000 hours to become an expert. That’s almost five years if it was a 9-5 full-time job! Then they hear what an overnight success they are.
Once you have a taste of a little success, remember to keep going to keep you moving along your journey. It’s when you change and rest on your laurels because you feel you made it or you think it is easy. It’s when you feel you do not have to work at it that you later realize you are no longer succeeding.
If you love what you do and bring your true self with positive energy and your drive, then yes it looks easy.
This week’s topic was inspired by a friend who shared Kevin A Thompson blog http://goo.gl/d7yyCU