Tip #6... Don't be afraid to work hard

No matter the age you typically find those four or five teammates who are extremely judgmental and rag on the kid who always wants to stay after, put in the extra work and constantly find ways to get better. If you are one of those teammates who judge and make fun of the teammate who wants to get better and work hard. You are the problem in this case. As a leader, or not a leader if you want to get better and push yourself to be the absolute best. Then do it, don’t be afraid to work hard. And never ever feel as if you need to explain yourself to others about why you do what you do. Why do you wake up at 5 AM to work out? Because you’re not and I’m willing to work hard to get what I want.

In society nowadays we all want that quick fix, that simple solution. But what they don't tell you is that quick results get you no where. What really gets you places you never thought you could reach is hard work and consistency that is the solution. I am sure you know that if you want to be the best you are going to have to work hard and put in the extra work. You look at a player like Joe Pavelski, a 35 year old forward in the NHL who has been known for his tenacious work ethic and unbelievable hand eye coordination, if you type in Joe Palveski on YouTube you’ll find videos of him working on deflecting pucks after or before practice. Pavelski was drafted in the 7th round 8th pick, he has gone on to play 1,000+ games with 792 points. He did not get to where he is with “working hard” he got where he is today by doing the extra work and doing it consistently year after year, no matter who was watching or what others said. You don't think he pissed off a few teammates and rubbed some the wrong way? Of course, and you should get used to pissing some people off too.

It seems today as if “hard work” is becoming a buzz term and something that is not popular. If a kid your age came up to right now and said what is the one thing you are good at? And you said working hard. Do you think they may chuckle or look confused? I’d assume so. Because, hard work has been so socialized as being the person who just kills themselves doing something they don’t want to do for a paycheck or for an A + on a test. But, really hard work is not about that. It is about putting in consistent, persistent effort day in and day out and never waver under pressure, not giving into life’s pleasures every calling, choosing to put your personal growth ahead of your status quo. Working hard is about doing something everyday that you love, it is about putting in the work when no one is watching and no matter what anyone says constantly believing in yourself day in and day out. That in the end this hard work will pay off. Are you ready to work hard towards your dream? Because with consistent, persistent hard work, anything is possible and don’t ever be afraid to work hard.

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