Morning Cup of Joe – Hard Work, Work

I have a confession to make. At one point in my life I actually thought that there was a substitution for hard work. I falsely believed that there were shortcuts on the road to success. No seriously, I thought it had more to do with luck and being at the right place at the right time but I was sadly mistaken. The time I spent looking for shortcuts was certainly time that I could have invested to vigorously pursuing my dreams.

Think about the most successful person you know. What do you think separates them from everyone else? What makes them successful? What are they doing that everyone isn’t? I can tell you what separates them from everyone else; it’s hard work. I’ve seen people with less charisma, less talent, less appeal become more successful than others simply because they chose to work harder than their counterparts.

hard-work-quote-1Understand that anything worth having never comes easily. Whatever you want in life you have to vigorously pursue. You have to chase it like you don’t know any better. You have to work like hell to get it and work even harder to keep it. There are no shortcuts. There are no handouts. Don’t expect people to just hand it to you because it doesn’t work that way.

What you should understand about hard work is that it is not prejudice, it’s not racist or sexist. Hard work is not exclusive to a particular group of people and neither is success. However, success is the result of hard work. While you are sleeping, your opponent is working hard to make sure that you are not better than they are. Your opponent is taking 100 more practice shots than you are. Your opponent is waking up 2 hours earlier than you. Your opponent is out creating opportunities while you are sitting at home waiting on opportunity to come to you. It doesn’t work that way.

It is a common thought that successful people experience success because they are lucky or blessed with talent. The truth is, successful people simply work harder than the average man. Luck is the byproduct of hard work. That’s the secret to success.

Victory does not always go to the person who is the smartest or the most talented but to the person who works the hardest.


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Joe Paul
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Morning Cup of Joe – Time & Effort


We live in a day and age where everyone expects everything the moment they request it. These days we are not willing to wait too long for anything; we need it and we need it now! A vast majority of our meals are on the-go, microwaved or conveniently handed through the windows of our vehicles. This particular way of thinking and behaving is damaging to the natural ebb and flow of destined blessings. This microwave mentality spoils you into thinking that everything should come just as easily.

Anything worth having not only takes time; it takes discipline and hard work. If it comes fast, it will leave just as fast if not faster. I remember the first car I purchased with my hard earned money. I took care of that car as if it were a new born baby. I washed it at least twice a day and sometimes in the rain. Like most things in life, I cherished the car because I know exactly what it took to get it. With hard work and dedication, I was able to see and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am going to venture to say that I would have treated the car completely differently had it been a gift or a hand-me-down. While there are some cases where certain exceptions exist, I have witnessed countless real-life examples where this holds true.

Everyone wants to be rich but nobody wants to work for it. You must be willing to give it your very best each and every time. The fact that some blessings take longer than others should not prevent you from working twice as hard for the one that is on its way. Stop expecting miracles and start creating them. Get out of the mindset that you will get something for nothing, it does not work. When we slow down our efforts, we slow down the progress towards the realization of our dreams.

Everything cannot be as easy as 1-2-3; you won’t appreciate it as much. We appreciate most that which we work the hardest to obtain.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – One Win, One Loss

It’s funny how some people sit on the sidelines patiently waiting for you to fail. They watch your every move and hold on to your every word while maintaining hope that the next move you make is the one that will cause you to fail miserably. They could easily stand and cheer for you while you are winning but that would go against what they stand for. It’s easier for some people to find fault and hate than it is for them to show love. If only those people knew that it’s the other way around, maybe their lives would improve.

Just like one win doesn’t determine a champion, one loss doesn’t determine a loser. Some people would rather see you fail than succeed because of their own perceived limitations. Misery loves company and so does failure. In a twisted kind of way their way of thinking sort of makes sense. They don’t want to see you win because the top is lonely and there’s always room to join them at the ever so populated bottom. Who wants to be at the bottom? Certainly not a champion. Still we rise.

In any given competition, there are several people competing for a top spot and there can only be one winner. If you are competing, I can understand the need to see your competitors as the enemy. However, if you aren’t even competing, you really don’t have a dog in the fight. You certainly can’t win if you don’t play. And if you don’t play, you should stay in your lane and watch from the sidelines. When you are on top, there will be people who not only want to bring you down but they will work tirelessly to see that it happens.

Maintain the understanding that the hard work you put into being the best increases the distance between you and those who want to see you fail. The harder you work the greater the distance increases between you and your haters. While they are busy hating, you stay busy working.

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Joe Paul

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