I have heard a lot of people say that there is a level of hardship one needs to be successful. I think this is a mentality that needs to be disregarded.
It’s pretty simple.
If you think that it’s necessary for you to “suffer” before you make a headway, you are likely to settle. And settling is one of the biggest mistakes that you can ever make.
Once you settle for where you are now or what you have, you will not see any reason at all to go outside your comfort zone and make things happen. You will be comfortable with your present level or situation and will not be willing to reach for the more that you’re actually capable of.
This will not allow you to embrace opportunities or find the means to better your current situation.
While I’m not denying the fact that nothing good comes easy, I think the right mentality should be along the lines of :
“I know hard times and difficulties are bound to happen, but I won’t give in till I get better”
There are a lot of people who have the “hard work” success stories as much as there are many who have the “smart work” success stories.
There is a big difference between working hard and working smart to get to the top. You choose one.
Don’t settle for less.