Someone once told me that success takes a lot of hard work, and at the time I took it lightly, not knowing they were speaking literally.
After an exasperating six day workweek, I thought I’d take Sunday off to rest and relax my mind. But, I soon came to learn that it wasn’t going to be that simple. I awoke early this Sunday morning to a text message from an old business friend of mine. There was a sense of urgency and desperation in the message as he described a project that needed to be complete by tomorrow morning, and how he has nobody else to call.
It’s Sunday morning, who wants to do physical labor? Not to mention, with such short notice. So, I began to think of a million reasons why I wouldn’t be able to help him, but moments before I responded, these wise words crossed my mind -
“It takes a lot of hard work to be successful.”
I sat in a state of deliberation… What do I want most in my life? Like any successful Real Estate Agent- it’s success. In order to be successful I’ll need to compromise, and do things other people won’t. So, I cancelled my usual Sunday bar-b-que, I told him I would be there for him. It’s now half way through my Sunday, and trying to finish up the job. Meanwhile, I’m still taking phone calls and trying to attend Bayside (the church I attend) tonight on time.
For me, success is not the amount on my bank statement, success is to selflessly help a friend in need. Success is to put every ounce of effort I have into building lasting relationships with everyone I come across. Success does not make me, I make success.