Hard Work has No Alternative
Thomas Alva Edison said that there is absolutely no substitute for hard work. Some of us are ardent believers of this fact and the others like to live a more adventurous life. But when we give this statement more thought and take some time out to think in retrospect, we realize that it is true. Successfully achieving something takes more than just talent and being good at it. Keeping at it and continue working to get there are way more important than having mere talent.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King
I do not mean to underestimate talent for it is absolutely necessary. What I am trying to put forth is that possessing a talent and dreaming that you will reach the pinnacle of success just on the merit of your talent is a sweet illusion that will probably take you further away from where you want to get to. For instance, there is a huge boulder lying in the middle of the road which is blocking the road and rendering it useless. The person who moves it will be rewarded graciously. Now, you are a well- built person who can easily lift it and free the road, thereby, earning yourself a hefty prize. But you refuse to do it because it involves some work. Here your talent is utterly useless if you do not work hard to get to the prize. Moreover, there are many people who possess the similar talent and who are ready to put in the hard that you don’t want to. Hence it is not the talent that is the distinguishing factor always, sometimes it is your effort that gets you there.
We hear stories of people who made it big when they had no backing and little financial aid. These are the ‘rags to riches’ kind of people. One example that strikes you almost immediately is that of Late A.P.J Kalam. Born in a household that could not afford two square meals a day, that man went on to become not only one of the greatest scientists the world has seen but also the President of India. Talent was involved in taking him where he wanted to reach but so was hard work and an immense amount of perseverance.
Not all of us are bestowed with skills that distinguish us in this world that is full of people. And sometimes this makes us think that we are not good enough to get where we want to. But what we don’t realize is that we can make it up by putting in lots and lots of hard work. Closing the gap won’t be hard if we are mentally prepared to put in all that we have.
There are people who claim that smart work is an alternative to hard work. But smart work can only get you so far. And to get to the level where you are only working smart and not hard, you have to go through a phase of working hard. We have been hearing this since we starting school or even before that, hard work is the only way to make it in this world. Sometimes things are hard to believe when somebody else tells them to us, personal experience is the key here. Give all that you have in you to a small goal and see if you get closer to achieving it. You will have your answer.
You may argue that there are people who have it easy, that luck played a part in their success. For instance, someone who is born into a wealthy family will find it easier to finance a venture of their own. This is a rare example and not everyone gets to live this reality. Further, for their venture to take off, they will have to put in work. Nobody can do it for them there. Bottom line, at one point or another, there will be no alternative to hard work and you will have to do it to get somewhere in life.
Remember that nothing worth having comes easy and get started.
Writer at Digipundit
Mrunmayi Gaikwad, soon to be a wielder of the scales of justice, harbors a twin passion for law and for poetry. Writing is more than just a hobby for her – it is a release. Mrunmayi is an avid reader and hopes to have her own personal library someday. Her family and the city of Mumbai are two pillars of her life.