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Why You Should Continue to Grind It Out

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Nov 11, 2017

How often do you think about success? Whether you are a blogger, author or startup entrepreneur, you probably think about succeeding in what you do more often than not. You think about how your life would change if only you would get to that level of success you imagine. Oh, how your life would improve. Your life would be so much better. You would be so happy and successful.

And yet success seems so far. It seems to be taking too long to reach the level of success you want. Why is success taking forever? Is it beyond you, you question? You are frustrated. Why is success taking so long? You have been grinding it out for so long and you don’t seem to be making any real headway. Urgh! Should you give up already and just try something else?

Or, should you continue to grind it out?


Should You Give Up, or Continue Grinding?


Many people experience this type of frustration in their lives and careers, and the temptation to quit is real. Bloggers want to quit when it seems they are taking too long to make decent revenue from their blog to live on. Startup founders feel this frustration when it seems like it’s taking an eternity for their startup to get off the ground. Authors too are not spared either. When their hope of getting published and hitting the bestseller list seem like a very, very tall order—many authors feel like quitting.

There is wisdom in knowing when to quit and try something else. When it comes to knowing it’s time to cut your losses, your gut is a great ally. You quit playing the piano when you were young and similarly quit shooting hoops competitively at some point. There is no shame in quitting something when you know in your gut it is not right for you; when something makes you nothing but miserable.  

Sometimes the decision to quit is the right one. However, when it comes to achieving success, it’s the grind that’s ultimately going to make the difference. As Guy Kawasaki says regarding his success, "What I lack in talent, I compensate with my willingness to grind it out. That's the secret of my life."


3 Reasons You Should Keep Grinding for Success


It’s the grinding process that is responsible for the vast number of success stories you see and admire, rather than some hidden, secret sauce or magic formula you or anyone can steal to achieve “overnight success.” Grinding it out is really the “secret” ingredient.

The magic formula for success is . . .

  • Sitting at the table every morning and doing focused work consistently, rain or shine, whether it’s working on a writing project or sending out connection invites via email every day.
  • It’s making a commitment to publish one or two articles a week and never ever skipping publishing.
  • It’s pushing yourself to reach out to influencers, walk up to strangers and introduce yourself and your business.
  • It is putting in the work, day after day, no matter what—even while holding down a day job.

It would be easy to just not grind it out each and every day, week, month and year, but that isn't an option. Success requires an impeccable work ethic, and doing the necessary work is inescapable. You need to dig deep, learn as much as you can, experiment, improve, and keep grinding to reach your goals.



Here’re three reasons why you should embrace the grind, and not fear it.


1. It builds resilience and makes you admirable.


Many successful people who are envied and admired like Michael Jordan, J.K Rowling and Jay Z have gone through significant amounts of sacrifice, pain and struggle to get to where they are. They’ve been resilient and persevered over challenges. Theodore Roosevelt once said: “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”


2. It is an essential part of growth and development.


The grind is about completing the small, simple tasks and continually setting larger, long-term goals for growth and development. It’s about discipline, willpower, dedication. It’s about grit, focus and determination to succeed. It’s about grinding on after you’ve met your initial goals. It is pushing yourself to become the best person you possibly can, which inevitably advances your life and career.  


3. It keeps you grounded and appreciative.


With all of the challenges that undoubtedly present themselves in life, grinding will keep you grounded. You’ll appreciate the small wins. It’s easy to get lax, overconfident and prideful when you always win big instantly. And anyone can celebrate big wins. But, when you’re grinding, you’re more appreciative of the small steps that lead you to success. This gives you the energy, mental fortitude and positive attitude to thrive. Greatness and success go hand in hand with overcoming challenges and maintaining a good attitude throughout.   

Remember, each day is an opportunity to be grateful for the passion, commitment and abundance each step of your success brings. Confidence comes with the daily grind. Grind hard so you can play hard.

See Also: People Who Let Go of Being Liked Have Better Careers. Want to Know Why?


David K. William is a writer, publisher and entrepreneur. Everything he writes is inspired by life experiences and study. David is also founding editor of Follow him on Twitter @DavidKWilliam.

Image credit: diane39 via iStockphoto



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