The Answer Isn’t Found in What Comes Easy. It’s Found in What Comes Hard.

DSC00025By Dawn Onley

Anything worth pursuing, anything worth accomplishing, any dream worth realizing takes hard work.

Don’t believe anyone who tells you differently. There are no shortcuts. Refuse to drop another dime on a get-rich-quick scheme or a lose-weight-fast scam. Don’t get swept away by it. You could hit the Powerball or Mega Millions, but the truth is you are more likely to become President of the United States or die as a result of a bee sting.

If it’s too good to be true, it is. If it comes too easy, it’s usually not lasting or worth much. Trust me. I’ve tried ’em all, and if I haven’t tried ’em, I’ve read articles or books about trying ’em, or I know people who have tried ’em. A whole slew of shortcuts, and I can’t think of a single one that worked. The truth is, you can’t eat pizza every day and lose weight, and if there’s someone hawking a pill that says you can, don’t believe them.

It’s a waste of time. Don’t get sucked in.

Nothing worth having comes easy. The realization of that is the hardest part of all. Once you get past that, you can set a strategy into motion of how you will eat healthier, get fit, start a business, finish school, build a nest egg, learn a trade, quit smoking, buy a house, and finally get over your fears.

It is all intentional. It is planned. It is acted upon. And it occurs over time, in a series of small, incremental steps that lead to big results. Think about your greatest accomplishments — crossing the finish line in a race, walking across the stage to receive your degree, nailing that test. It was all a result of your hard work. It didn’t happen overnight. You likely experienced some failures on your way to success, but you kept at it.

The answer to whatever great thing you want out of life is found in perseverance, determination and hard work. But in creating a life worthy of you, you shouldn’t expect anything less.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Joy Renee says:

    Amen, Amen, Amen. Great blog! I’m reminded of two of my fav Pinterest pins: 1. ‘wake up, kick ass, repeat’ – which speaks to the need to avoid complacency and mediocrity at all costs and to push toward a goal despite how hard it is, and 2. ‘Comparison is the thief of Joy’ – a favored Teddy Roosevelt quote which explains why 70% of Americans are dissatisfied with their lives. Nice article sissy!


  2. Ann Shivers says:

    Contemplating and feeling much concern for the generations to come. By giving them “everything” they have been put on a non stop, uphill track to instant gratification. I remember growing up knowing if I wanted something, I had to work to earn it in some way. With that, we gained a better appreciation and respect for these things we accomplished. Our kids have lived the life of entitlement because they have automatically acquired, and lived with, all the abundance of what we have earned. Lest we remember to go back to teaching the value of putting in the time and sweat involved, meaninglessness and discontentment is what will be met on the downhill track. Good reminder Great blog!


    1. womenwhohope says:

      I couldn’t agree more! I was just having this conversation with my fiancé about raising our son up in an environment of abundance yet making him value work, treat people with respect and have the desire to want to earn things on his own. That’s a struggle. If there’s one thing that I particularly loathe is people who feel entitled. It drives me nuts. Thanks for reading and writing!


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