Hard Work Pays Off

I believe working hard will take you farther in life than anything else. With a good work ethic, you create your own limits. You are able to truly accomplish anything you set your mind to if you know what it means to work hard.

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it..”
— Eminem

To work hard is to continuously put effort and energy into a task that inspires fear into accomplishing. This means that you wake up every day and apply yourself to that task despite everything and every reason to stop. You may have family and friends telling you it is not possible. You might believe it is not worth your time or effort. You might even doubt your own capabilities to even accomplish the task. You might be very afraid of the thought of failure. Yet, when you continuously work hard at your goal, you will accomplish it.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”­­
— Thomas Edison

I believe a huge problem exists with my generation, the millennials. The problem is most young individuals do not know the value of hard work or even what it means to work hard. As a youth, the opportunities are handed to us more and more often by teachers, coaches, and parents where instead of allowing us to fail they try to raise us by giving us undeserving awards or acknowledgement. A prime example is when participation awards are given throughout age group sports and are giving children the wrong idea about achieving awards. This younger generation has become succumbed to handouts and being rewarded for minimal effort. People my age do not know what it really means to go out and “earn your meal.” Personally I believe more individuals and youth would learn to work hard and create their own opportunities if they knew the real world consequences. Opening their eyes to reality will prove hard work is truly much more rewarding versus expecting everything to work itself out. Too many times I have seen younger children, teens, and adults give up because a task or job was too hard. Instead of working to get better and progressing every day, they chose to give up. To resolve this issue, as a society we need to show more people the value of hard work and where it can take us.

Personally I learned the value of hard work at a very young age thanks to my parents. From the beginning of elementary school I had to work hard to be a part of a team. To play football I had to lose over thirty pounds as a 10 year old. It was hard work running and eating well just to lose weight to be on a team, a team where I did not even get to play because I was not good enough. My goal of being a good football player did not even seem feasible. Eventually my parents taught me practice was the bare minimum. If I wanted to play, I was going to have to lose the weight, run, and do drills in my own backyard on my own time outside of practice.

The next year I became a starter. Eventually after having to lose weight every year and with new challenges I finally excelled in football. More importantly I became good at working hard. However, I did not realize the value of hard work yet. I would not recognize its value until my junior year. My junior year I made 1st team all league in a very competitive league. During the off­season I had one goal and that was to make All league because I was told I would never be able to. So every day I worked at it and got a little bigger, stronger, and faster by staying disciplined in the weight room. There in the weight room I learned the value of hard work and how it could change me. On the field running shuttles and pushing myself mentally and physically made me see how much a person can accomplish. I became good at football. I earned all­league honors. My senior year with hard work in the classroom I earned enough recognition to garner High School Hall of Fame honors. I learned through sports and more importantly through working out that if I put enough time and concentrated effort into accomplishing a goal I will accomplish that goal and more. I think every youth, teen, and adult should workout for this reason.

Hard work can be taught in the weight room. When you work hard in the weight room you get results and you see the fruits of your labor after a long period of time. It is plain and easy to see and to point out that no one gave them their results. They earned their body and their transformation. From there, it is easy to translate the value and lesson of hard work to the rest of life. They are able to apply it to school, their job, and to any goal they be trying to accomplish. There truly is no substitute for hard work. Every day you have to go out and earn it.