The Hard Climb Upward

Never Give Up

Six years ago, I was fresh out of college and ask to partner in a company a small distance from my college city. I was excited, inexperienced, scared, nervous, and eager to get going. Had a very cool first client that was in the heart of the city and was pretty dang fun to work with. On the cutting edge at times it seemed and I was doing some amazing work. Quickly and without notice this awesome clients investors, decide to pull the plug and start axing jobs quickly. Our company was the first to go without warning, went home one day and never went back.

After the end of my first client which was about four months in, the company had to start looking for new clients quickly. Now there was a lot of fear at this time and more downs then ups. I learned how to build a company from the ground up with the help of my partners. Slowly we rebuilt and within a year we were doing good, not awesome, but good. Then again the status of cool clients came in and they went pretty quickly, no matter how great of a job we did. We were force to rebuild and we did, but this time it has been two years since the fall of our first major client and we learned from mistakes. We built up a name for ourselves, starting all over for the third time and working on how to build a stronghold, piece by piece, brick by brick.

Here we are six years later and we are stable and building still, but the fear will always be there, but not around every corner like the past. We continue to grow, expand, and learn new ways to build that safety net.  We are no where need the top, but every day brings us closer to where we want to be. I am okay with that, because I learned that nothing comes easy and if it does, how long does it last? The longer and harder we work for it, the longer and more successful it will last.

This story today is not to give a big detail of my company, but more to show you it takes time to get to where you want to be. Overnight success sounds awesome and does happen, just not a lot. Your awesome client or fun amazing that is too good to be true job, could be gone in a blink, because of all these different factors. True you see bands on TV and hear them on the radio and think, man they are lucky, truth be told, they busted their butt to get there. You look at an amazing business like Wal-Mart for example, Sam Walton started with nothing and was a small store before he came big, it took time and years.

Point is you want a successful career or your own business, stick with what works and going down the right paths. Yes there are pitfalls that seem to make you fall back a few steps, when honestly a pitfall is another lesson learned. You know the tools you need to do to become higher in your company or in your business world, which is education, experience, loyalty, hard work, and heart. Even if you think all is lost and you can’t be successful, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, just buckle down and get to work. No one gets anywhere by sitting on their butt watching TV all day.

Last bit of knowledge today and that is networking and being a good person. On your climb to the top, don’t shove people off and don’t ignore people who can be great allies to you. The more you push people away, the more they resent you, the more resent leads to higher damage as you climb. Help others even if they don’t help you for years later. Remember it’s always networking and knowing the world, you never know where a helping hand can come from.

Understanding your hard climb is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!

 

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Taking the Hard Road

Travel it

There is two different ways to do things in life, the easy way and the hard way. Which way do you go? I know, the easy way sounds amazing right? Wrong! Actually this is a trick question in a way. If you take the easy way, then chances are it will get harder for you down the road. If you take the hard way, then chances it will become easier for you down the road. Confused yet? Lets talk it out.

First lets discuss the easy route and how it turns into a hard road. Many of us see that the easy way starts off smooth and gives us what we want faster. For example, you think if you skip step A and B and jump right into C you will be done quicker. Chances are you can get it done, it looks good and it will be fine. A day or so goes by and it blows up in your face and you need to start over.

Another example of the easy route maybe that you go down the path of just working 8-5 everyday, like your job and don’t really branch out about moving up in the company. You just happy with sitting at your desk not improving, because it takes less effort. Well a few years pass and you are stuck same desk, same job, not really standing out or trying to get a head. You will either have your job on the chopping block, bored and annoyed with bosses and coworkers, and really just needing a change. (this is an example)

Now if you would have done the hard route for example things would be a lot different. You get the job or run your own business, but want to improve to be higher in the company brass. So you work harder, go back to college for a higher degree or get certified in your field to improve. Then in time you start to move up in the company or find a better position in another company, with higher pay. All because you took the time to work harder at it.

When you start down the hard road, everything looks far in the distance and may seem unreachable half the time. You may not see the light for a long time. It may cost you many nights working at your home office to improve or get a head. (Just don’t overwork). While others are sitting around just clocking in and clocking out for the pay check, you are charging forward thinking of the future not just today.

Now this is not saying that if you punch in and punch out that it is the easy road, just not the hardest. Anyone can make something of their life. If you aren’t happy with it or want to improve you just need to do it. Turn off the TV and get some stuff done. Don’t look at the Paris Hiltons in the world and think everyone has it that easy. The rich and powerful get that way because they put in the time, effort, sweat, tears, and blood. Anyone can do it, if you fail it’s okay, because you will succeed. Just like in baseball if you miss 7 out of 10 times, you are still successful.

In the end taking the hard road is more of a leap of faith. Anyone can do it and you can fall flat on your face. Just dust yourself off and continue leaping, in time you will make the right move. It’s hard yes, but if it wasn’t hard would the reward be worth it. The easy way gives you what you want for the short-term. The hard way builds your own road to your future success. Take the leap!

Choosing the hard road is key in this Savage World; that you are no longer just living in, but beginning to own!