You want fame? Well fame costs, and here is where you starting paying – in sweat.
I love this quote.
Anything worth having in life will have a cost associated with it. Money, success, a profitable business or even a healthy relationships with friends and our family. It all requires an investment in energy, time and sometimes our resources.
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I have been studying the CCNA for around 75 days now. Never in my entire life have I had to work so hard at something. Not only that but the constant drive to stay motivated although once a great empowering feeling starts to turn into a draining and question driven entity. You start to ask yourself, “WHY? Why am I putting myself through this?” In the beginning you are starting something new and exciting. As time progresses and you are learning things start to become clearer. Just about that time some complicated subjects arise. You have already been putting off time with your family, going out with friends, watching your favorite shows and pretty much anything that you enjoy. You eat, breath, sleep CCNA. I have been to the breaking point and back a few times. I have thrown my hands up and asked myself is it really worth it. I then have to go back over my motivating factors which helps me refocus the “WHY”. Is there a cost to this? Sure! Is it painful and overwhelming at times? Absolutely? Most importantly, will it be worth it when I pass? You better believe it!
When I pass I already know that as soon as I hit the outside air that I will scream at the top of my lungs some kind of cheer that will be rooted deep in my being. To get that one ton gorilla off my back and be able to finally put him back in his cage will be amazing.
Jordan, Lebron, Armstrong. They all paid for it before they had it. They worked not for fame, but for fulfillment. we just can’t see past that. but when we do ,we will realize that fame is just a bonus of our hard work. to work hard at something you love is truly fulfilling.
Everything costs something. I cannot believe how many people think that we can just all wait to win the lottery. Success demands much! fame is not a common suitor. but success comes to those who help success come to them. Read more of bob proctor as this article (fame costs) is really inspiring.
I think that there are too many people who don’t want to make sacrifices and want everything on a plate. they want things easy and instantly. Our prisons are full of drug-dealers and fraudsters.
I admire people who make sacrifices, be it time, money or effort, to achieve in life. For example, sports people. Recently, i’ve been watching Masterchef and what these guys put themselves through… Phew! They deserve to succeed in their chosen paths.
I myself left my manual warehousing job and went to University to get my degree. Those years were tough for my my whole family – no money, no socialising, etc. but we came through it and we are ok.Some of the guys I worked with are either still there or they’re still doing the same type of job.
I have worked hard for my CCNA and now working on the CCNP. I want to leave my current job and get into contracting, and nothing will stop me. Whilst others are out enjoying themselves, I am studying. It will pay off in the long run when I will have my own business and no more slave to the wage.
Recently, I met an old school friend. he was envious when he learnt that I was earning ?10K more than him. But I pointed out that I and my family had sacrificed a lot of the nice things in life to get my degree, teaching and IT qualifications; whereas he hasn’t read a single book for over 30 years!
Most people want everything NOW and don’t want to wait. This is the “i want it now” society – the fast-food industry is proof. so are all these TV shows like X-factor. People just don’t want to pay their dues and work up the ladder of success, treading the boards like in the old days. Most of the population don’t believe in investing in themselves or deferred rewards. And when someone is more successful than them they get envious or say that you’re lucky. As some golfer said once “I seem to get luckier the more I practice.” we need to put the work in now to achieve our goals and rewards in the future.
I’ve mentioned elsewhere that i went from a skinny 8 stone to 14.5 stone of muscle and that took a hell of a lot of determination and effort. I’m a fat slob now – but that’s another story…if I want to get back to being lean and healthy i am going to have to start training hard. i am not going to do it by taking a magic pill or just wishing!
The key word is INVESTMENT. Invest in yourself to obtain your goals. For example, to pass the CCNP, invest:
Financially – I read somewhere that you should invest between 20 and 30% of your income in bettering yourself. Training, books, bootcamps, etc
Time – as Paul always says, put in at least 2 hours per day studying
Effort – whilst everyone else is watching TV, staying in bed, etc, you need to study/practice labs
Hope this helps?
When I passed my CCNA at the second attempt, my wife bought me a cake in the shape of a monkey and told me that I could get my own back now, boy did that cake taste good.
Keep going its worth it.
Robert Gorman CCNP, CCNA (looks good)
I recently passed my CCNA with flying colours at a Local Cisco Networking Academy ,here in Yaounde ,Cameroon. Just want to thank all of you and especially Paul for the website.It’s a realtime motivating factor site.
Keep on, stay strong and be blessed.
I love that quote too ? thanks for reminding me of a television show I really enjoyed watching back in the day 🙂 And for reminding all of us that you have to put in the time and the effort and the sweat to achieve our dreams.
So often the hard work, sweat, and tears are behind the scenes (as they should be). But then others see and aspire to (or envy) the success but fail to understand the effort it took. Hopefully those of us who read this blog and aspire to personal and professional development are prepared to invest the effort.