Really? Do you think more “effort” is going to make a difference? Do you think more “struggle” is going to do it? What about “trying real hard,” will that get you closer?

Every day the voice in our head prods us to work harder with more effort. However the biggest successes in my life had less to do with “effort” and more to do with a clear vision of where I wanted to go, a mountain of rigorous research to light the way, a ruthless commitment to shield me from distractions, as much cocky confidence as I could muster, and a boatload of courage to bolster those scary, risky choices and decisions.

I realize those are overused, contemporary buzz-words. However for me, those worn out cliches’ have grounded me more and driven me farther then I ever imagined.

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