We are surrounded by get rich quick schemes and short cuts to success, which can seem alluring and too good to be true (and in most instances, they are).

This environment of false promises and pandering to our wildest dreams has created benchmarks of success that are falsified, almost impossible to achieve and it can see us drawn in to a world of fiction, rather than reality.

These false expectations of how much work is involved in creating long term and sustainable success also means we can be striving for a result that’s beyond our willingness to put in the hard work. In other words, we’re only ever willing to give a certain amount of effort to achieve our desired result. And in a lot of instances, this amount of effort isn’t enough to get the outcome we’re seeking.

I could easily tell you I hit 6 figures in my first six months full-time in my business. And I’d be telling you the truth. However, what you’re not seeing is the years of study, working long hours, sacrificing time on weekends and events with family and friends for 8 years in the lead up. All of this following on from a failed business and two instances of burnout during this period.

All of these factors sit behind what has contributed to driving the results that I’ve since achieved. This is the reality of working hard for your results.

Has it been worth it for me? Absolutely!

I love the work that I do and the sacrifice is worth the reward.

Everybody’s desire for what they’re willing to give is unique to them. There’s no right or wrong here. Anyone can achieve great things. You and I are not unique or special in this way.

What needs to be realised is that the great things you will achieve is a direct result of the amount of work you are willing to put in.

If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Unfortunately some people still hold onto wanting it to be ‘easy’ whilst still expecting phenomenal outcomes. It simply doesn’t work like this.

The amount of work you put in is in direct correlation to the quality of your outcomes.

This is a fact in many areas of life. Any area you want to get great at – in sales, business, fitness, your hobbies…. you name it!


Go after a goal that you’re genuinely willing to put in the required effort for. And be okay if it’s not the greatest or the best but rather make it meaningful to you.

Make sure you base you’re definition of success on what YOU want, not what it says on social media or from expectations of peers. It’s up to you to design your own life.

[kleo_divider type=”full|long|double|short” double=”yes|no” position=”center|left|right” text=”” class=”” id=””]Nicky Miklos-Woodley is an Evergreen Sales & Business Coach, Trainer and Speaker. 

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