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A lesson learnt from life - hard work is never wasted

This article is dedicated to the ones, who have lost faith in hard work and have started believing that only lucky people find success. Thomas Jefferson has rightly said, “I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it”. Have you ever come across a point in life, where you felt that you have worked hard enough for your goals, yet couldn’t achieve it? Did you ever give up on your dreams after reaching midway? For most of us, the answer would probably be a yes. Our lives aren’t easy, its full of complications and obstacles. But one thing should always be kept in mind, hard work is never wasted. One will get the fruits of their hard work at some point of time in life.

Can you also think of a moment when you have realized that some prior work or endeavors have helped you someday, or in shaping you what you are today? Yes, that’s what I meant when I said that hard work is never wasted. We generally do have a misconception that failure is a bad thing. People who fail are called losers, but what we don’t see, is the valuable lesson we learn from it. We don’t see how strong we have become. Why do we feel unvalued and unlucky? Why don’t we learn from it and work harder to try again? This isn’t a failure; this is a lifetime opportunity to try something which you haven’t tried before.

Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc. was fired from Apple Computers, the very company that he is responsible for making it the success it is today. When Jobs was fired from Apple, he was quoted stating “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” That same year, Jobs took a few of Apple's members with him to found NeXT. Apple acquired NeXT after a few months, and Jobs became CEO of his former company. His success wouldn’t have been possible if he had discontinued the hard work.

We are living in the 21st century, where we expect to have things instantly, from web downloads on a single click to pizza delivering within 30 minutes. We have been believing in prompt results and anticipating the same with hard work. We need to realize that this is not the case with hard work. It takes time and effort, no shortcuts. The place you are in right now is also the result of the efforts you have put in the past. Why not put in an extra effort to make your results better? The results won’t show up overnight. Just give it a try at least. You won’t believe it right now, but you do have the capability to find yourself again and reach your destination. Convince yourself that something good is waiting after this hard work. Take a moment to appreciate yourself for the path you have already travelled and motivated you to move ahead.

The moment you learn to stop running from hard work and hold on to it until you achieve your goals is the moment you have learnt the most important lesson of your life. Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.

About the Author

Papiya Sen is a calm and cool person who loves to write during her free time. She has worked as a Systems Engineer (IT) for four years, and currently pursuing MBA at Indian Institute of Management, Raipur.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.

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