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Your Work Ethic Doesn’t Match Your Goals

Day five of the 12 Days of Crysmas is here! Have you been enjoying the tips thus far? I sure hope you have!

Day Five: Do the Work

You can be as clear as you possibly can about setting your intentions, but if you’re not willing to do the work, nothing will happen. If you’re expecting to have everything handed to you or for everything to go your way, it just won’t happen that way.

To accomplish anything, you have to do the work. If you’re looking to start a business, you have to research, learn, try, fail, get back up and keep going. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart (Tweet This).

Everyone wants to be a boss, but no one wants to do boss work. – Click here to tweet this!

As someone who has a business, I can tell you firsthand that it is not an easy task. You don’t go into any position, especially being a new business owner, and have it all together. You have to work on it every single day and it gets hard. Social media has made it seem like entrepreneurship is glamorous and leaves you with a stacked bank account and no worries; that’s not the case.

However, if you’re willing to do the work, you can and will be successful.

We all want overnight success. We want to start a business and bring in six figures right away. We want to start a blog and have our first post go viral. We want to start a YouTube channel and have 100,000 subscribers immediately. We want everything fast, but a fast come up will also be a quick let down.

Be patient with your journey. Even if being an entrepreneur isn’t one of your goals, no matter what job you have, you have to do the work. You can’t expect to get the big promotion when you do just enough to get by in your current position. People who do just enough to get by don’t reach higher levels of success because their work ethic doesn’t match what is required of someone who is successful.

You don’t come in to work on time, your favorite line is “That’s not in my job description.”, and anytime something more is asked of you, you decline. Yet, you want a position with more responsibility, one that demands more time, and more of what you refuse to give because you’re ready to be a boss when you haven’t learned how to be an employee yet.

Be willing to do the work that no one else wants to do. It may be hard right now, it may be dirty, but it is what will set you apart from everyone else.

What are you willing to sacrifice for the things you want?


  • Vanessa Morgan

    No matter how young or old you are this is true. Whether it’s in actual work or in obtaining personal goals you got to put in the work. Great reminder. My to do list won’t cross off automatically.

  • Sarah

    I needed this today. Specifically the part that reminds me to be patient with my journey. Thank you for this!

  • Sapphire Kharyzma

    It Pays to Be The Boss! If it didn’t cost anything, how can you value it? I enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing!

  • Eva Wilson

    I am definitely willing… but am I able? LOL! I have a lot of things to work on as far as entrepreneurship goes, but I am definitely on track for getting it together in 2018.

  • Dominique

    Organization definitely helps…I LOVE being the boss. ALWAYS.

  • Tiffany Haywood

    Putting in the work is never easy but the way I push through it to focus on the results. I know what I want my future to be and that’s why I work in the present.

  • Jaye

    100% Nothing is achieved without putting in the work. I don’t necessarily call doing the things that I need to do to create the life I want a sacrifice, I call it showing myself love. But I will work my tail off and I am constantly learning new things, attending seminars, webinars, etc daily to achieve my goals.

  • bernetta

    You are so right! you have to do the boss work! Period

  • Natasha

    This work is definitely hard, and it takes quite a bit of prioritizing to get to the point of making sure your work ethic matches your goals. Doing the work often takes quite a bit of energy, and everyone looks at the success of others and the timeframe that they’ve known of that person, and don’t realize that there was a time that the successful person was in the trenches for their jobs.

  • Kita

    I tell people this all the time. I do the work. It is hard but oh so rewarding. Goals without actions are not goals at all.

  • Bridgid

    A message! I remember hearing how every over-night success took at least 10 years of work. It goes to show that nothing comes up right away, even though sometimes it looks that way. Everything is going to take that hard work and dedication, going the extra mile that most won’t go. Great post!

  • Kasi

    Great message, this is so true! I put in a lot of hard with my blog to ensure it’s success, and I know it’s a prroocceessss, lol!

  • Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    Waiting is challenging, but as they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” All the greats had to put in their fair share of hard work.

  • Kim

    This is so true. I’ve seen people crave and fight for a position of leadership, to then only regret being in that position later on.

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