Posted by News Express | 10 July 2020 | 2,006 times
Whenever, I listen to motivational speakers speak on the principles of success, they always hammer on hard work, hard work and more work. According to them, whatever you set your mind on and work hard, you must achieve. To these career and life coaches, when it comes to achieving success, hard work is everything.
This sermon has been preached over time and everybody now believed that hard work is the most important tool that one needs to be successful. However, this would have been true if one is an Island entirely on his own.
But whenever, there are two or more people, hard work is certainly not enough to make one successful. The content of one`s character would come into work and play. The reality is that no matter how hard we work, we can only succeed through people.
No matter, how hard we work, we need recommendation and referrals to enter into another chapter of life and when that time comes, we cease to be robots or machines and become humans because whoever is to promote, recommend or refer us would look beyond our work rate or energy to the content of our character.
This is because he or she is not going to recommend a robot but rather a human being and what makes a human being is not his or her energy but the content of his or her character.
I have seen a lot of people who focused only on hard work, thereby losing touch with other things and rose to the top .But their fall was faster than their rise.
Let me illustrate what I mean. Mario Balotelli, the Italian international striker was few years ago the fourth best footballer in the world.
The rating was Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jnr and Mario Balotelli. Baloteli’s work rate was legendary. To put it simple, he was a workaholic, in the class of Lebron James and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But while he was focused on hard work, he lost touch with the content of his character and today, he is not even among the first 50 best footballers in the world.
What went down, you may ask? The reality is that his football skill did not diminish. It is his character that deteriorated. His behaviour on and off the pitch became nothing to write home about to the extent that even coaches became afraid of playing him because they consider him a bad influence.
He is now a ghost of his former self when he was playing with Manchester City. Even a lot of people hardly remember that he is still in active football. This is also the case of our own Etim Esin and El-Hadji Diouf of Senegal. The duo had the potential to become world bests in football. They worked hard but the content of their characters impeded their progress. We also have people like them in all the other fields of human endavours.
If you look around you, you would see a lot of hard working people who are supposed to be successful or at the top but are still at average or even below average. What is holding them down would no doubt be their character. People are afraid of doing stuffs with them, let alone recommending them to others.
If you also look around you, you would see people who had risen to the top but crashed. The reason why they crashed would surely be linked to their character.
Hard work is no doubt awesome. But to succeed in life, good character more than hard work is what would determine how far you would go because people would rather work with or recommend lazy men with good character than hard working men with bad character.
ABOUT THE COLUMNIST
Peter Anosike is a well-known journalist and development economist.
His book, Dangote’s Ten Commandments on Money (Lessons on How to Make Money from One of the World’s Richest Men), was rated as one of the best development books in the world by Wall Street Journal and FORBES. The book has been adopted as a workbook for grooming entrepreneurs by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). Anosike’s other of his books include, How To Be The Best You Can Be and Look Forward and Lean Less On Your Past – all trending in Smashwords along with Dangote’s Ten Commandment on Money and How To Be The Best You Can Be. You can follow him on Facebook and Linkedin.
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