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Philip E. Humbert, PhD

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Personal Coach

Chapter 8:
The Ability to Work Hard - Effortlessly!
(or, How to Never Work Another Day In Your Life!)

Unusually successful people are known for their productivity, their ability to focus, and their ability to "work" very, veryhard!  But, the theme of this chapter is the principle that, "When you love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life."   So, what's the catch?  What's the key to never working another day in your life?

Actually, there are several "keys".

Truly successful people use their time, talents, and resources to make a contribution, to build things that last, and that fulfill their hunger to be of service.  They know that real success is based on serving others, and they understand Zig Ziglar's famous quote, "You can get everything you want, if you help enough others get what they want."

But, they also know that simply fulfilling the whims and wishes of others makes you a servant, and seldom wins any awards.

Instead, they serve others out of a profoundly selfish choice to fulfill their own desires, to live out their dreams, and to utilize every bit of their talents, creativity and potential.  There is tremendous irony here!

Extraordinarily successful people serve others because it's a profoundly selfish thing to do! 

When you really get that, when it sinks in and you hold it and cherish it, a new day will dawn and your life will change forever! 

The most generous contribution you can give the world is to give your very best.  Successful people insist on it.  They allow few interruptions, they rarely toil or labor at things that are hard for them, and they waste little time in dead-ends.  They insist on making a difference where they can have a major, positive impact.

Highly successful people know what they are good at, what their specialties and gifts are, and they use them to build fortunes.  They also know what they are not good at, what makes them cranky, tired and irritable - and they avoid those things! 

Instead, they build empires doing the things that excite them.  The most famous architect of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright, was an early success, then a total failure, and then famous again - and his designs, his work, and his passion remained remarkably constant through it all.  Get his biography!   It's an amazing story!  He built what he loved, and the world has (quite literally) been different ever since!

Here, in a simplified list, are a few of the keys to making a fortune, while never working a day the rest of your life:

1. Do what you are very, very good at!  Notice what you do to entertain yourself, or to relax.  Notice the awards and certificates you've received.  Notice what makes you laugh, what makes you happy.  Notice what you do to avoid the  things you "should" do.  When I noticed that I would rather write and coach than manage my investments, I hired a financial expert and announced my career as a writer and coach!

2. Understand that you will never work for anyone else.   Yes, many of us sell our time and skills to one customer and for tax purposes, we call ourselves "employees", but in fact your life is your own and you are advancing your own career.  So invest in training!  Invest in skills!  Make yours the best company of its kind in the world! 

3. Refuse to waste time.  There are people who love to organize offices, who have amazing talents on the phone, or who understand the mysteries of your computer!  Hire them to do what they love (help make them rich!) so you are free to do what you love and build your own fortune!  Hiring experts is the truly selfish (and smart!) way to go!

4. Eliminate tolerations!  This is similar to refusing to waste time, but means refusing to waste emotional energy on things that irritate, frustrate or distract you!  When your life is a "problem free zone", you'll be amazed at the freedom you have! Solve your email problems once and for all!  Train that puppy, get the car fixed (or replaced), and balance your checkbook!  Do whatever it takes!  You cannot afford the price of a slow modem!

5. Ruthlessly pursue your passion!  Highly successful people live simple lives.  They may work with complex technology, or juggle investments on several continents, but they know who they are, what they want, and where they are going.  And that creates simplicity, focus, balance and harmony in their lives.  They are in love with their work, and it shows!

6. Know the value of time.  The most successful people are incredibly patient - willing to invest many years to achieve their goals - and absolutely impatient at the right time.  They do not tolerate procrastination or excuses.  They know that some things take a great deal of time, and they wait for the right moment, then move quickly and with precision.

7. Have a written, strategic plan.  To do what you love, design a life that is based on your passions.  Live according to your values, and take action to make things happen!  Write it down!  A written plan is one of the best guarantees that you will not get side-tracked by other people's dreams.   Shakespeare said life is a stage and we are all actors, so write your own script!

8. Show up!  Now that you are doing what you love - do lots of it!  Successful people play a LOT!  When you wake up, get to play!   During the day, stay focused!  In the evening, and on the weekends, tackle challenges and find new solutions.  Highly successful people are not lazy!  They play hard and they expect to win. 

Over the years, I've become convinced that you can not work hard enough to achieve significant success.  We live in an age where entertainment, distractions, and excuses are all around us.

My grandfather may have done work he did not enjoy because he had to feed and clothe his family.  But, that is not why most of us work.  We work for nicer cars, and the other necessities of modern life.  And these luxuries simply do not have the power to "make"us stay at a job we hate, or do things we deplore.  Very few of us will work hard enough, long enough, with enough enthusiasm at any "job" to achieve major success!

To get rich, insist on doing what you love, and arrange your life to do lots of it!  Do the things that bring you joy, that challenge and excite you, and do them in a way that serves others.  Then, you'll find a level of success unimagined in earlier times.  When you do what you love, you'll never work another day in your life, but you will play very hard and you will achieve an extraordinary level of total success!


Quotes of the Week

"We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures…  Take a risk a day - one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it."
                                                                        -- Susan Jeffers

"The best career advice to give the young is, find out what you like doing best and get someone else to pay you for doing it."
                                                                        -- Katherine Whilehaen

"Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals."
                                                                        -- Jim Rohn

"All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose."
                                                                        -- Brian Tracy

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