Struggle is the Key to Success
In life, people are exposed to a number of problems and challenges, and it is only when such obstacles are tackled will a person be able to be successful. Success can never be earned by staying idle and this implies that it is important to put an effort to increase the chances of becoming successful in life. Hard work has always been encouraged starting from the time when a person is still young. Parents are used to telling their children to avoid laziness in order to do well in school. Studies have also shown that hardworking students tend to excel in both their academics as well as extracurricular activities. Therefore, struggling is one of the most important components that differentiate between a successful person and a failure.
Currently, people live in a highly competitive world where the level of success is dependent on the hard work and initiatives which an individual places. On a broader perspective, for a company to survive the competitive pressures that are present in the corporate world, the management team must work hard in terms of finding the techniques that will enable the firm to stay above its competitors. Hard work comes in a variety of forms. For instance, an organization can invest in research and development (R&D) activities that would enable it to discover techniques that are essential in producing products that are of higher quality. These products would then be patented and thus enable the firm to have a competitive advantage over its rivals. Therefore, the hard work that such an organization uses enables it to be successful by improving the popularity of its brand and attracting new customers. This is a clear indication that firms that fail to place emphasis on hard work end up lagging behind their competitors.
On an individual basis, success can be measured based on the amount of struggle and hard work which a person has employed. A good example is that of a sport person. A boxer can only win a fight based on the amount of effort and hard work he has placed on his training schedules. Studies have revealed that most of practice sessions of a boxer are usually strenuous, and they are akin to punishment or having to eve come tough struggles. Conversely, an athlete can only win medals based on the amount of times he spends on the training field. In a sports team, such as football, basketball, or rugby, players have to struggle together as a team in order to emerge successful in competitions. This implies that such a team has to struggle to remain fit and discover strategies that would enable it to be successful. In such a case, success cannot be achieved by reading books since physical fitness is the key path to success. In addition, competitive sports do not depend on luck since people usually compete against other professional players who have put enough zeal and zest to become successful.
In conclusion, for people and organizations to be successful, they should struggle and work hard to polish their strong areas that will enable them to overcome their competitors. There is a phrase that says, “No pain, no gain,” and this implies that people have to struggle in order to increase their chances of being successful. A talented individual must exploit his potential by putting them into practice in order to perfect his abilities. It is through such efforts that often lead to success. Lazy people who do not invest any iota of effort often find themselves poor and success never comes to them.
I believe that people should work hard at whatever they do even if they don’t like what they’re doing, they should still give it 100 percent effort because you never know what your capable of until you push yourself pass your limit. I also believe in the long run hard work does pay off.
My name is Brandon and I have been playing basketball since I’ve been in 6th grade which is approximately 8 years of my life. I first started out in the summer before 6th grade where I was on the Park Distinct Traveling Basketball Team. This is where I first learned how to play basketball and found out I wasn’t very good at it. This is the main reason why I liked football more than the sport basketball because I was naturally good at football and didn’t have to work as hard. But because of the way I was brought up; always being encourage to never give up and always work hard, I kept at it and kept working on my basketball skills so I could be good enough to make my high school freshman basketball team. And that I did, I made my high school’s freshman basketball team as a freshman, the sophomore team as a sophomore and the varsity basketball team my junior and senior years of high school.
During those years in high school I really began to practice hard on improving my basketball skills. My main goals was to get school (college) paid for off an athletic scholarship and get a free education. I indeed accomplished this goal and was rewarded a two year basketball scholarship at Parkland Junior College. There in my two years I was definitively better than I was when I first started out playing basketball, which I know was because of the hard work I put into improving my skills all throughout my life. After having two good seasons at parkland on and off the court I graduated .The final step I had in mind was to come to Northern Illinois University and make (walk-on) the basketball team. Many doubted me and said I wasn’t good enough to make a Division 1 basketball program, but instead of listening to them, giving up or stop working hard like I’ve been doing all my life, I tuned them out and worked the hardest I’ve worked over the summer. And what do you know all the hard work paid off, and I am now a member of the Northern Illinois University Basketball Team.
So as you can see by my story working hard, giving your best effort, and never giving up is very important and this is why I believe that people should work hard at whatever they do even if they don’t like what they’re doing, they should still give it 100 percent effort, because hard work pays off.
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