Success Doesn’t Come Easy or Overnight.

Don’t believe the lies about change. You don’t get rich overnight and success doesn’t come easy. You’ve likely come across some online guru promising awesome results if you’ll purchase his program. Nothing wrong with that, as long as Mr. Guru isn’t promising what the product doesn’t deliver.

I’m currently working with a wonderful person recovering from a long-term drug addiction. He’s six-months sober and could pass as a bank vice-president. Yet, on a recent weekend visit with the family, he admitted struggling with temptations to use drugs again. While he successfully fought off the temptations, the incident proved that positive change takes time.

We’ve all discovered the online sales pitch that goes something like “I was a slave to the corporate job. So, I quit that evil job and started a social media page at home in my pajamas. Now, I sip lattes while blogging my way to a six-figure income! Buy my program and I’ll show you how to hit it big from the comfort of your own home while being your own boss.” Folks, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

No Overnight Success

My point is not to slam blogs. I’m blogging right now. However, the personal development world is selling a half-truth and making a fortune doing it. These gurus are rightfully telling you that you can successfully pursue your dream. Unfortunately, most are leaving out the part about success taking a lot of time and work.

Often while putting in that time and work, many people trade one high-stress job for another. Reading a couple of self-help books and getting excited at a motivational seminar doesn’t mean you should quit your day job and start your own business. Roughly half of new businesses in the United States fail within their first five years.

Should you go for your dream? Absolutely. Just realize that it will take time and hard work. Make sure you follow experts who know what they’re talking about. You can quit a bad habit in a day and take up a good habit. However, the urge to indulge in the addictive behavior may hang around a few years. Nobody wants to hear that, but it’s the truth.

Hard Work and Time…but it’s Worth It !

Nobody wants to hear that their dream will only be accomplished by hard work and late nights. Or that they’ll hit their thumb with the hammer a lot before striking gold. Or that they may get just as tired building their own business as they did working for the man.

I want you to go for your dream. Live your life to the fullest with no regrets. However, don’t fall for the siren call of believing that newfound success will come fast and easy. Life direction can change in a moment. You simply turn in a new direction. However, life change is a process of working the daily disciplines consistently over time. Start working those disciplines today and apply the hard work. The end result will be worth it.

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