Achieving Greatness

Yesterday, my wife emailed me this link about what it takes to be great. Reading this article created an idea that I want to share with you.

In this article Geoffrey uses the words hard work six times to describe the key ingredient to greatness. However, I believe you can achieve greatness without working hard (from your perspective). I’ll explain why in this post.

The hard work he describes only looks like hard work from the outside. To the person working and practicing relentlessly, it isn’t hard work at all. It is action fueled by desire and love. The actions are not forced; they are natural because the person working toward greatness is driven by an intense sense of purpose.

Have you ever had times when you were working toward a goal and time stood still? When you were completely engrossed in the task at hand? These moments are incredibly productive and satisfying, aren’t they? I believe that is how hard work feels to people in the process of becoming great. It’s very different living it than viewing it from the outside.

My wife describes working on her business this way. In fact, she doesn’t even feel that it is work. It is the result of her desire, love, and joy – The desire to give the best possible service and product to her customers, her love of books, and the joy the books bring to people.

I feel the same way about this blog. I love sharing stories and ideas with you. I have an intense desire to improve. I believe that sharing inspiring thought provoking ideas is my purpose in life. And that purpose drives me forward with an energy I’ve never experienced before.

I believe a path to greatness lies within each of us; we just need to discover it.

The path to greatness is not paved with hard work; the path to greatness is paved with desire, love, faith, and joy. It only looks like hard work to those observing your journey.

9 thoughts on “Achieving Greatness”

  1. Hey Steve, great article. Im glad to have found your page via your comment on my site. We should add each other’s links to our blogroll, and help us generate more traffic greatness. heh.

    My third Podcast in the Napoleon Hill series will be out in next couple days!

    Much Love-


  2. Hi Steve,

    I enjoy keeping up with your posts. Keep up the good work. And I was expecting it all to be handed to me on a silver platter.

    Best wishes.


  3. I read the original article in a magazine and the whole issue of the magazine was about greatness. Achieving greatness and understanding it’s meaning.
    I agree with you that only by really loving what you do, you can truly succeed. and I’m not talking only financially.

    What they didn’t talk about is the family side. Maybe it’s me being a “visitor” for the last 3 years to this country, and maybe because I’m not a corporate guy but how come no one ever ever mentions family when it comes for success ?
    How come none of those people have families ?
    I’m sure they have but is it really a family when you are on the road as the big shot CEO for most of the year ?

    Again, maybe it’s just me but isn’t it weird ?

  4. Steve
    Thanks for such an articulate summary of an important principle.

    I was recently reading Ben Stein’s “How Successful People Win” and found his take on hard work very helpful. He mentions that all successful people, even long after they achieve what most of us would call “success”, continue to work hard; the struggle, basically never ends. In fact, the struggle itself can be seen a s a source of meaning in one’s life. I review Stein’s book here:

  5. I believe that it’s about working “smart” more so than “hard.” You could work at something relentlessly, but never learn anything from it. But if you’re quick to learn things, you’re quick to see results.

  6. Steve, great post as usual!! I have to agree… I stay up late at night writing, reading, and doing the same stuff I do during the day for my business. Sometimes I’m afraid I’m becoming boring because in the evenings, I don’t sit watching Desperate Housewives and I have NO idea who’s on Survivor. (don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on tv watchers… I do watch about three hours a week). But I can focus on my business, and its related activities for hours on end and be perfectly happy about it. Some people might call me a workaholic, but I know that I’m not. I just enjoy what I do and I am continually trying to make myself better, more successful, more visible, and keep ahead of my competition, and I think that’s a good thing.

  7. Good article.

    So many articles talk about what we need to do to be successful but they forget to mention Hard work!

    Good to see this. I can’t remember who said it but : –

    “The harder I work – the luckier I get!”

    Thanks for posting.


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