Work Harder Than The Rest

I’ve been doing quite a bit of soul searching this past week. For whatever reason, I’m never ‘happy’ with my present state. I’m always looking to improve myself, both mentally and now, physically (scary thought I know, but I’m actually losing weight). With this recent ‘change’ in personal lifestyle, I’ve started to read a few ‘self improvement’ books.

Now before I get the eyes rolling, I’m not talking about books that tell you just to think of a million bucks and it will magically appear. These books are more case studies of successful people and how they got to where they are in life. Out of all the books I have been reading, the common theme has been this…Hard work pays off.

It got me thinking…

Ask yourself about all the successful people you know in your life. How hard do they work? I know in the internet game, the successful people don’t stop working. Sure they have families and sure they have lives outside of their job, but wow, talk about dedication to ones craft.

I am speaking at Sterling Valentine’s List Laser seminar today at 4pm Eastern and I just got a text message from him about two hours ago (about 9am Eastern). The man has been awake all night, working on his business and told me he needed to finally get some sleep before today’s seminar.

How many of you reading this have stayed up every night of the week until 9 in the morning, working on your business?

I know Sterling does. And I can count the people in the traffic exchange industry who have done it and continue to do it. You’ll see the same names pop up, time and time again. Now I’m sure the excuse bugs will come out of hiding and tell me how silly it is to work yourself to death…

I bet. But I also guarantee the people that work the hardest ALWAYS get ahead in this business.

So when you hear the next person say, it’s too much work, or I would go to that seminar if it was in my home town instead of a state next to me, or it’s too late at night for the webinar, or this takes too much effort…..Just smile.

Smile and know that you are working harder and WANT it more than they do.

Jon Olson

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20 thoughts to “Work Harder Than The Rest”

  1. Lovely, inspiring post, Jon!
    Hard work does pay off. I just believe it will. At the moment, I know I’m struggling to balance both my offline freelance stints and my online marketing activities. I’m hanging on though I’m missing TE Live sessions. Hopefully, my schedule might look more favorable in a month’s time or so.


  2. Great post. Yes hard work pays off. You have to be willing to jump in every day and give it all you got and more.

    FOCUS, FOCUS and Work will get you there. I have lost a little focus in last week or so due to health related problem and I can tell a big difference.

    Gotta get back at it and dig in. Patience, persistence and consistency.

    Thanks for all u do for us Jon.

  3. Great post Jon,

    That is always what it comes down to is what effort are you willing to put into your business.. Not who is willing to do this for me or whats the minimum I need to do.

    This goes with marketing systems too, your success is linked to how how much work you put into the system. If I want more success
    I need to work smarter and harder

    Thank you and God Bless,

  4. Gotta love it! Yesterday list building was not a requirement for success, now it is. I guess the wrong people started the Just 2 Bucks deal?

  5. Jon,
    Congrats, Jon on the weight loss!

    Whether people roll their eyes or not, self improvement (or personal development) helps our business! When we know the “seven habits of highly successful people” or where our “set-point” (psycho-cybernetics)are or how our subconscious mind “protects” us (procrastination, failure, excess weight…)we are more equipped to overcome those obstacles. There are so many different options (EFT, Theta Healing, Hypnosis, Ho’o’ponopono…)available to help us get out of our own way…..

    Anything that matters takes effort and commitment….but when you’re clear on your purpose and doing something you love, time ceases to exist. So the work gets done, no matter the hour of the day or night.

    Thanks for bringing up a great subject…

    Continued success in being the best you can be!

  6. Thanks for the comments everyone, much appreciated.

    Sam – never said list building wasn’t required. I always maintained that the focus should be on people first. Not the ‘list’ but the people. As for the 2 bucks deal….Anything that says you can get 75k a year from a 2 dollar investment….I mean…Hey if someone, other than the program owner, has made 75k this year from that program, I’ll eat my words.

  7. Hi Jon

    Great work on the weight loss, it should give you more energy which means that you can get more done, and overall if you feel happy then you’ll get better results.

    Inner confidence is always going to be required when you are self employed. If you don’t think an idea will work, then how are you going to find someone who will pay to listen / read the content that you create!

    When was the last time you looked in the bookshop and saw a book called “5 Ways To Get Fat, Lose Your Friends, Borrow Ten Times Your Salary, And Feel Suicidal!”

    Keep up the positivity!


  8. I have to comment on this post Jon,

    People take more time and effort in the launch than any other time.

    But once the site ( or project) is live. the real work begins I have seen a lot of launched this year and the common element is 99% of the focus is pre-launch and 1% to keep the site Live and exciting.

    I thank you for the great post Jon

    James Dias

  9. Hi Jon,

    Thanks for another great post today, and boy can I relate! I thought everyone worked 18 – 20 hours a day like I do! LOL

    God tells us that we must work hard in life to get what we need. Even God worked for 6 days and rested on the 7th. If He can work that hard why can’t we work even half as much? My Dad use to say all the time, God rest his soul, “Hard work never killed anybody.” He was a very hard working man and he taught me that you can have whatever you want in life if you only work hard enough to get!

    It is nothing for me to work 16 hours a day…I have always been this way, even when I worked in the Corporate world. I grew up in a very humble lifestyle…my Dad did the best he could for all 10 of his children, but if we wanted anything extra we had to work and get it ourselves. I learned that very young, and at 10 – 11 years old I would find ways to make a little money to get things I did not have and wanted.

    As I said I can relate to this post very well. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Good Luck with you losing weight and any other changes you want to make in your life. Remember though that you also should love and accept yourself for who you are! God loves you unconditionally!

    Have a great day!


  10. Great Post Jon I know I have done this many times only to look over at the clock and can’t believe what the hour is. If you dedicate yourself to your business it is actually more fun and you really do lose yourself in it.

  11. Hey Jon,

    It never ceases to amaze me how it always seems to be that the people who moan the loudest and complain the most are the very ones who don’t want to put the time and effort into building their own businesses…and then they blame everyone else around them when it all inevitably goes wrong.

    Then you have people like Sterling who just quietly get on with it and never complain at all.

    And what is even worse about the lazy, work-shy, do-it-all-for-me and give-me-everything-for-free brigade is that they then never stop bitching about the people who have made a success for themselves through hard work and putting in the long hours.


  12. Great Post Jon simply put it’s only a matter of how bad you want something. I want it badly so I’m willing and do put massive hours in knowing that down the road the hard work pays off. Nothing in life is truly free and you have to pay your due for success….

  13. Awesome post, just awesome!

    Sometimes I wonder why there are few others that are as passionate about building a business as my dad and I are. This post has shed some light on that and has motivated me to work EVEN harder!

    Thanks for the positive light and I can’t wait to move forward building my business!


  14. I agree Jon. There is no substitute for dedication and hard work. I think of myself as having 2 jobs–my dayjob that currently pays the bills (45-60 hours/week) and my new internet business (30-40 hours/week). I’ve been working at this level for months, and I expect that I will until I am finally able to leave the dayjob. Then maybe I’ll be able to ratchet down to 60-80 hours/week! (lol)

    I learned a long time ago that I can’t always be the smartest, or the fastest, or the funniest or the -est at anything. The one thing that I CAN do is work hard and keep going. It’s the one thing that living with chronic illness has taught me. Sometimes, truly, what does not kill us makes us stronger.

    So, I salute you on your quest for self-improvement. And I salute all of those who work hard and make the extra effort! I also salute those who are struggling and failing–don’t give up, don’t ever, ever give up!

    Karen Kuty (klkuty)
    Sometimes you just have to shut up, put on your big girl panties and deal with it!

  15. Duh! Last time I had sleep? Its so long here I can’t remember. Duh!
    To have success, there is no other way as to work for it. Those born with a golden spoon in the mouth, may not have worked for it them selves, but their ancestors did, in that case its all in the working family. I can not see my self being idle, that is not for me and there are many like me. And I know one his name is Jon. Thumbs Up with this topic Jon.

    Jay Dee

  16. Thanks everyone for the great posts. I apologize for not replying to each response, this happens when I leave my blog for a day and come back…I need to get caught back up.

    But yes, the truth is in the pudding. The harder and more focused we are, the better our results.

    Here’s an action step…Look at what you are promoting and see if you can take away some dead wood from it. If you are promoting 5 programs, try to only promote 3….If you have 3, try to only promote 2 or 1…It works =)

  17. Hey Jon –

    Great post …. you are 100% correct. There is nothing that will transform your business or life than taking massive action on a well thought-out plan. I was not that if you want to be successful, do what successful people do and if you want to have what successful people have …. earn the right to have it.

    Also, congratulations on making a decision to take care of your health!


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