Working Harder On Yourself Than Your Job Is The Key To Success

Published on: September 3, 2017

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A Powerful Inner Resolve

“If you work on your job, you’ll make a living. If you work on yourself, you’ll make a fortune.” — Jim Rohn

The late American motivational speaker Jim Rohn knew something many people don’t: success is an inside job. A good deal of our future success will arise from our mindset. It is no surprise that those who are successful encounter frequent setbacks and failures. To the uninitiated, failure may represent the absence of success. However, the person with a growth mindset knows failure is an opportunity to improve on their last attempt, drawing them closer to success. If success is a journey then it comprises valleys and peaks, notwithstanding the many setbacks. The key to success lies in our willingness and determination to prevail, even in the face of adversity. It is an inner knowing, despite evidence to the contrary, that we will overcome our obstacles and silence our critics.

The right mindset and a powerful inner resolve are required on the path to success. Setbacks are not intended to discourage us from attaining victory. They are orchestrated to enrich our personal growth and lead us closer to success if we stay the distance. Working harder on ourselves than our job requires paying attention to our mindset and nurturing our inner most thoughts. Every failure, every obstacle draws us closer to the person we must become to realise victory. That is why success is the sum of our personal growth. The person who attains outstanding success has cultivated their inner world and surmounted the challenges imposed upon them. How do you feel about this? Are you willing to devote time and energy to cultivate your personal growth for who you become?

Upgrade Your Mindset

“The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, “If you will take care of me, I will take care of you. Now I say, I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.” — Jim Rohn

Those who work harder on themselves instead of their job are invested in their personal development. They are committed to reading books, attending seminars and lectures, working with the right coaches and mentors; they are lifelong learners. They are humble in the face of victory and gracious in defeat. They realise life is about constant learning, developing and nurturing their greatest asset; themselves. They don’t claim to have all the answers, but are willing to step out of their comfort zone and try new things, knowing the smallest information will create a snowball effect in terms of success when the time is right. It was the French poet Victor Hugo who once said: “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

The person who works harder on themselves is one who helps others succeed before them. They understand that in giving, they receive greater abundance and prosperity. This is a universal law that whatever you sow, you shall reap. A job pays wages and if we are involved in sales, we earn a commission. Granted, we might work our way up the corporate ladder and earn a bigger income but it is still capped by the company we work for. Nevertheless, it was Jim Rohn who reiterated in his talks that: “Profits are better than wages.” He understood that when a person develops themselves and their innate strengths, they can create unlimited income. A wage is the fee we receive set by our employer, based on the exchange of services rendered. Profits are unlimited only by our earning potential. Are you beginning to see that working on yourself builds personal capital which becomes your greatest asset.

As we upgrade our mindset, so too does our bottom line. Many people are unwilling to develop their greatest asset because they need certainty in their lives by way of a weekly income. It is this want for security that is their downfall because the harder we work on ourselves, the greater our fortune because the sky is the limit. We will only soar as high as we believe ourselves capable of. Therefore, it is our self-worth that determines our net worth. As we develop a superior mindset, our net worth skyrockets because we are invested in our greatness, which yields far greater returns on our income. The greatest fortunes are those developed over time, because success requires us to stay the course. Success requires a growth mindset that leads to the greatest victory and fortunes. It is the pay-off of devoting time and energy on ourselves, rather than simply working harder in our job.

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