Grinding your way to success

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Photo Credit: lakeland72 via Compfight cc

I still sweat. My guts are still grinding out there. Sometimes I have enough cotton in my mouth to knit a sweater.
Lee Trevino

As an Iowa State basketball fan I was expecting a victory against Texas Tech the other day.  When I turned on the game in the second half I saw they were down double digits.  Iowa State was ranked number 9 and Texas Tech was the worst team in the conference, so you would expect an easy win.  They did climb back to make it a close game but in the end it was a defeat.  Similar to our work world the team needs to find a way to win, to grind it out.  They didn’t make that happen.  Success requires work and time or grinding it out.

How I learned to grind

When I was younger and wanted to play football I knew many guys who would lift weights to make them stronger to play.  I remember seeing my brother get up early and go into the weight room.  I know the first time I went into the weight room as an eighth grader, I was intimidated by the older kids and the weight they would lift.  I wasn’t sure what I was doing but, I asked questions and watched the others.  Getting up early wasn’t fun either, but as time went by I became used to it.  I slowly learned to grind it out and hustle to make progress to becoming a stronger football player.  As a sophomore I was able to start on the varsity team as a result of all this hard work.


verb \ˈsläg\

: to keep doing something even though it is difficult or boring : to work at something in a steady, determined way

: to walk slowly usually with heavy steps

I remember working with someone who often use this word, slog, to talk about the hard work he had at various points in his life.  He would talk about his education sometimes and the time he put in studying using slog.  When you want something enough you will slog through the work to get to success.  The problem is many of us will quit at the point it gets tough.  In the movies we see Rocky getting in shape but it only last for a few minutes.  In real life the slog and grind take up much more time then the successful moments we enjoy.

How do you get through your times when you have to grind it out?

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