Growing up, Pele was an amazing soccer player and someone oft discussed in my soccer heavy family. Today, he’s still known as one of the great players by those who love the game. This quotation from Pele summarizes my thoughts around a worthwhile life as well. Today, many want success to be given on a silver platter. Yet in reality, success is comprised of equal parts work, commitment, learning and passion.
Projects in my professional life that are most meaningful have definitely been made more successful by hard work. Whether that’s editing and re-editing a blog post, or creating a multi-million dollar campaign for a client, the harder I work (usually involving polish and even more research) the better the outcome.
Personally, I can’t imagine what is harder work, yet offers sweeter rewards, than raising two boys to become strong young men.
There have definitely been challenges and days where it would have been easier to just give up, but it’s worth it in the end.
How much easier would it be to try something for an hour/day and then decide it wasn’t what you wanted, and move on to the next thing. If you really want to achieve something, commitment and dedication are definitely important ingredients. If you’re having trouble sticking with a goal, talk with a friend or mentor and see if they can give you the encouragement you need. But don’t give up. Achieving success when things get tough makes success even sweeter.
In the public relations profession, I’m often asked when I realized I knew enough to do my craft. The answer: never! Rapid changes in technology and how we communicate make this especially true today. Lifelong learning has always been an important component of my professional life. Whether it’s involvement in PRSA professional development on a local level, reading magazines and e-newsletters, talking with students or other professionals, I’m learning every day.
Quite literally, sacrifice is giving up something to help others. There comes a time in everyone’s life when we give so others can receive. Those in the military, public safety, and first responders sacrifice every day. So do teachers, nurses and those who care for the sick. Consider your own life and those who’ve sacrificed so you can achieve. Maybe it’s time to thank them? Now, take a look at when you’ve sacrificed for others. If you don’t like what you see, it could be time to purposefully find ways you can help others or give back to your community.
Hard work, learning, studying and sacrifice are all great components of a life but if you’re not doing what you love, you still need to find something new to do. Think about what makes you happiest in each day and then figure out how to make it a larger part of your life. Can you tie your professional life to your passion? You can be sure that Pele did! If you can’t, set a plan to make that happen. It will make you happier every day.
Happy people are healthier and known to live longer. Plus, my mom always used to tell me when you’re smiling people wonder what you’re up to. So, start smiling more.