‘In the digital age of ‘overnight’ success stories such as Facebook, the hard slog is often overlooked’
I’m currently in a city with a population of 2.55 million people. It’s Friday and 6:03 am. There are 4 people in the gym I’m at, no one in the room I’m actually in. At a rough count, I’m in a room with around £300,000 of cardio equipment. I’m doing 72rpm at level 4 and writing this (multitasking).
I was a personal trainer for 20 years.
In that time I’ve done around 30,000 one-on-one sessions.
For most of that time, I would work on building my business (unpaid and outside of my one-on-one hours) before I started my PT workday, whenever I had breaks in the day from PT and when my life had less personal commitments in it would often work till 11-12pm. On average I probably put work into and on my business for at least conservatively 5/6 hours a day (including weekends) for most of those 20 years.
This would be educating myself, writing, creating content, answering questions on forums and whatever 20 years ago was available to increase my exposure to a larger number of people.
I’ve got up between 5-6am for those 20 years (my industry required that).
You have to be prepared to break from what others perceive as normal if you intend to be exceptional.
I’m in a gym at 6 am on a Saturday morning and am teaching 16 hours this weekend.
No, it’s not normal….but that’s my point.
The footage of Jonny Wilkinson kicking goals for hours after the team had left always resonates with me.
If I tally it up in hours I’ve worked on my business (By ‘on’ I mean outside of my one-on-one paid PT hours) it adds up to a solid 4.98 years.
In the past 20 years, I did more than others. Nothing fancier than that.
Cut a break
Find some magical solution to business
Have revenue to start it all.
Rely on a belief of faith of any sort.
I worked more and harder than most did.
Devoid of talent, luck or whatever you want to call it and anyone who wants to validate why I’m perhaps somewhere they’re not.
I probably worked harder than you.
Probably put in more time than you.
Probably watched less TV than you (I didn’t have a TV for 13 years of my adult life as it distracted me). I wanted to be a success.
Now, this isn’t a bragging post which am sure some people may take it as. I’ve maybe not had as much fun as you in those years…..do I regret that? No.
Throughout this time I had friends and family that supported me anyone that pulled me down I walked away from.
Put time in.
Put effort in.
Keep yourself surrounded by positive people.
Know at all times why you’re doing it.
My recipe for success:
Put an exceptional (above the norm) amount of time into a bowl. Mix it with exceptional effort and bake at 100% for a number of years.