Remember: Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you’ll be successful.
“But she works 60 hours a week among three jobs, and she’s barely making ends meet. She deserves more. The system is not fair.”
Despite what politicians, Nike, and Disney promises you…
Hard work ≠ Success
This is a very difficult lesson. It’s something most adults don’t grasp, even up until their death bed.
Yes “hard work” is important, if not vital, but there are a lot of other factors.
Among many factors that lead to success, there are:
- Raw skill/talent
- Demand/how rare that skill is
- Teachability (my personal favorite)
- Creativity, ingenuity, & innovativeness
- Communication skills
- Initiative & drive
- Autonomy & independence
- Standards (quality of results)
- Patience, grace, & adaptability
- Love (both for his work and people)
- Good hygiene
- Geographic placement
- And sometimes just dumb luck. (“Providence” for us Jesus-followers ?)
But ultimately one thing matters: God himself. Is He opening up doors for you to be “successful” by our culture’s standards?