- Success is earned
- We improve with practice
- Pat improved as a writer by writing everyday for years
- If you aren’t trying everyday, you should accept mediocrity
- Info is available for free on YouTube, knowing and doing aren’t different
- Success is not for everyone
- Perseverance is a huge competitive advantage
- Trendy hacks are for people who do not want to earn results
- Successful work is front-loaded
- You make, then you manage
- Truth isn’t sexy
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Hey Pat Rigsby here. And in this episode, I want to talk with you about the truth when it comes to being successful. I think you’re going to want to pay attention to this episode. So let’s get to it.
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Today, I want to talk with you about something that is common sense. It’s I think success one oh one, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t escape a whole lot of people in practice and it’s that success is earned. I can’t tell you how many people that I talk with that, you know, they buy plenty of products and they don’t finish them or go through them. They join a coaching program, but then they don’t engage. They, they know what to do, but they don’t do it. You know, we improve by implementing. We improve by practice. I think in my time writing, right, I’ve written a newsletter on a daily basis for now 16 years. And I write a lot each week, probably five to 8,000 words a week, I would guess. Right? So, you know, probably approaching half a million words a year. I mean, that’s several novels ear. Now. I’m not going to tell you I’m a great writer, but I know that I’m a much better writer than I was 20 years ago. I know that I’m a much better writer than the point when I submitted for different for different articles, for a journal that accepted free articles and got them all rejected. I know that I’m better because of practice. And if I would have been writing 500 words a month or a thousand words a month, there’s no way in the world I would have earned the right to be better the way that I have now, right?
Success is earned. If you’re not marketing daily, you probably shouldn’t be complaining about having too few clients. If you aren’t going to work to be a producer consistently, you need to probably accept mediocrity. If you say, Hey, I want to launch this program or this product, but it ends with just you saying it, thinking about it, then you probably should accept the status quo. I mean, I think about the people who walk through your doors, prospects, they have access to more information, more fitness, diet, nutrition, recovery information than they’ve ever had. It’s all at their fingertips, right? They can get on YouTube and do a follow along workout any day. They wanted to, the equipment is potentially delivered to their door with a couple clicks of a button at this point, right? Everything is there for the taking, but having a program and executing a program or different things, buying a diet book and actually following a diet are different. Yeah. Things saying, okay, I’m going to market, but getting out there and, and persevering through the challenges of marketing, the, getting a, an offer that converts, making sure that my ad is it is being seen by the right people and the right people are responding because it’s interesting and engaging, putting together direct mail campaigns going out and networking, no work.
And I think of that is a positive thing. I think that we have to accept that success is earned and be okay with the fact that because of that, it’s not for all people, plenty of people would like, think about doing something. They’ll talk about doing something they’ll dream about doing something. And someday is when they plan on it happening, right? They’re going to start their diet on Monday. They’re going to start their business after they’ve saved up a little bit more money. They’re going to market next week when things slow down, right? There’s always something down on the line instead of doing it today and knowing that that’s coming typical human behavior is kind of reassuring to me because if you’re looking for competitive advantages, maybe finding the right Facebook funnel or figuring out how to get a, a webinar to convert, maybe those things, aren’t the advantages we should be focusing on. Maybe it’s being okay with earning our success with practicing, with doing the work consistently with persevering.
For me, those are better competitive advantages because they’re timeless. They’re going to last for ever. The ad that you get to work now is temporary. Groupon was temporary. Living social was temporary, doing things to get clients on. My space was temporary. All the things that 10 years ago that were new and fads that were the quote unquote future, most of them have become things of the past. Sure. There are things that work then that will always work networking and referrals and public speaking. But the Trinity kind of tech things, the hacks, the quick fixes that people promote and kind of naive people who don’t want to earn their success, the things they gravitate to well, they’re temporary, right? They’re they’re, they’re kind of the equivalent of a flash in a pan. So if you want to be successful, if you want to build a great business, if you want to build your ideal business and, you know, earn a specific amount of income or have a meaningful amount of impact, understand that it’s usually on the other side of work now, does that mean that you need to work 20 hours a day into perpetuity? Not at all, but it means that work is usually front-loaded the harder stuff comes first. You need to do more early on and then you get better at it. Right?
I believe Tim Ferris is said the phrase a few times over you make, then you manage a lot of people want to jump straight to the management, but they don’t do the make part. You need to do the work first and then you can figure out how to optimize it, how to systemize it, how to be efficient. But if you’re trying to skip the work and get the reward, you’re going to be frustrated. You’re going to be disappointed. And in all likelihood, you’re not going to get the outcome that you want. So there’s our little pep talk for the day. There’s the topic I wanted to share. Like I said, it’s not sexy. It’s not exciting, but it’s the truth. And a lot of people want to avoid the truth when it comes to achieving success. So if you embrace it, if you’re willing to do the work, you’re already halfway there.
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