Prepare for What You Pray for
Often success is heavier and harder than we think. We hear people speak about how hard their seemingly glamorous jobs are all the time and never stop to wonder if we’d be willing to make the sacrifices they make to get where they are. Or if we’d be prepared to make a whole new set of sacrifices tailored to our goals, so that we might one day reach them.
I had an associate respond to an email I sent her over the weekend, her opening line was “Working on a Sunday????”. I giggled when I saw this not only because of her excessive use of the question mark, a pet peeve of mine that she made cute, but also because I realised I don’t actually know what day of the week it is today. My focus is no longer on my days off work but on reducing the amount of time it will take to reach my goals at work.
I prayed day and night for a successful business that would produce excellent projects and carry professionalism and innovation in its blue print. I prayed that I would be set apart from my competitors as the service I would offer would be seamless and bespoke. I knew as I knelt besides my bed that if this were an easy feat everyone would have done it so I also prayed that I would have the strength and the wisdom to carry the load of work and make the tough decisions and sacrifices required to reach these goals.
In my experience 80% of a production is preparation. What you see when you look at a brand, or watch a show, or read a book or even eat a meal at a restaurant is only a small percentage of what it took to make it happen. There had to be planning, research, labour, mistakes, damage control and reassessments before you ever knew something was brewing.
The worst mistake you could make is underestimating the amount of sheer work it takes to be great…
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”— Paul “Bear” Bryant
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”— Stephen King