Motivational Monday #2: Don’t Be Afraid to Put in Effort

Happy Monday! The weather in Boston this weekend was gorgeous- it was above 60 for most of the day and we FINALLY got some sun! It was a welcome change from the gray, stormy skies and non-stop rain we had last week.

For today’s #MotivationalMonday, I want to talk about putting in effort. 

I am a firm believer that a key component of success is simply putting in effort. I feel like today, so many people are looking for a “quick fix.” Whether it be diet teas to help you lose a few pounds, advancement in your career, or making more money, it can be too tempting to look for a shortcut that will allow you to achieve your goals.

My own personal experience

I’m definitely not perfect- all my life I’ve been convinced that I’m not good at math. It started in fourth grade when we had timed math tests and I was almost always the slowest. When I was attending school for my MBA a few years ago, math-related courses like finance and accounting were part of our mandatory coursework.

I was convinced that I wasn’t going to do well in these courses because all my life “I’ve been bad at math.” 

My MBA program really emphasized team work. For my finance class, every homework assignment was a group project. I worked really hard on the assignments because I didn’t want to let my team down. I had to spend all my weekends reading the textbook and I spent 8-10 hours on my portion of homework [which was usually 3-4 questions].

Something amazing happened: I realized that I wasn’t as bad at math as I had previously thought. 

I am not gifted at analyzing numbers, but after putting in hours of time and a lot effort, I started to see results!

If you want to see change in your life, you need to put in the effort required. There is no substitute for consistent effort or hard work. A large part of success is comprised of putting in the time and effort needed in exchange for the results you’re hoping to see. 

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