How many times have you heard the adage, “If you knew better, you’d do better?” And how many times do we fail to do what we know will help us to succeed just because it’s not convenient? We have to get out of the mindset that everything that is good for us is supposed to make us comfortable. As a matter of fact, you should not be consistently comfortable as you strive for an acceptable level of comfort in your life. If you are always comfortable on your “journey” to success, your journey has probably become stagnant. Sometimes you’re going to have to keep moving when you don’t want to. Other times, you’re going to have to forgo a celebratory night so that you can work to have something to really celebrate. That’s just life.
And we all know this. We know it took Michael Jordan putting in extra work to hone his skills on the court just to make varsity. We know that Albert Einstein was failed by his math teacher. We know that Oprah Winfrey overcame a physically and emotionally abusive background to arguably become the most successful businesswoman in American history. So why shouldn’t you have to work for your successes? Just because exposure comes with what seems to be more ease these days than in Jordan, Einstein, and Winfrey’s days is not exactly a positive. Actually, what it means is you have to work that much harder because now everyone’s highlight reel is uploaded onto YouTube. And every parent wants to buy their kids a tablet so that they appear smarter. But guess what is going to set those who make it apart from those who don’t? Nothing. Anyone can get lucky and get an opportunity. Videos go viral every day. And within a week, something new has hit the scene. So just getting the opportunity shouldn’t be the goal. The goal is to capitalize on that opportunity when you get it. To be the absolute best, you have to keep up with the industry. Read to learn. Write to show yourself that you comprehend what you’ve read. Apply what you’ve learned in conversation. Above all else, remain relevant. Know better. Do better.