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Friday, August 15, 2008
Hard work pays off. When someone tells you otherwise, beware the sales pitch for something “fast and easy” that’s about to come next. The greater your capacity for hard work, the more rewards fall within your grasp. The deeper you can dig, the more treasure you can potentially find.
A problem occurs when people think of challenging work as painful or uncomfortable. Does challenging work necessarily have to be painful? No, of course not. In fact, a major key to success is to learn to enjoy challenging work AND to enjoy working hard at it.
Why challenging work? Because challenging work, when intelligently chosen, pays off. It’s the work that people of lesser character will avoid. And if you infer that I’m saying people who avoid challenging work have a character flaw, you’re right… and a serious one at that. If you avoid challenging work, you avoid doing what it takes to succeed. To keep your muscles strong or your mind sharp, you need to challenge them. To do only what’s easy will lead to physical and mental flabbiness and very mediocre results, followed by a great deal of time and effort spent justifying why such flabbiness is OK, instead of stepping up and taking on some real challenges.
Tackling challenges builds character, just as lifting weights builds muscle. To avoid challenge is to abandon one’s character development.
Now it’s natural that we’ll tend to avoid what’s painful, so if we see challenge as purely painful, we’ll surely avoid it. But in so doing, we’re avoiding some very important character development, which by its very nature is often tremendously challenging. So we must learn to fall in love with challenge instead of fearing it, just as a bodybuilder can learn to love the pain of doing “one more rep” that tears down muscle fibers, allowing them to grow stronger. If you avoid the pain, you miss out on the growth. This is true both for building muscles and for building character.
While a common philosophy says to go with the flow, the downside to this belief system is that you must yield control of your life to that flow. And that’s fine if you don’t mind living passively and letting life happen to you. If you feel you’re here to ride your life instead of drive it, then you’ll have to accept where the flow takes you and learn to like it. But sometimes the flow doesn’t go in a healthy direction. You can go with the flow and end up in a pretty screwed up situation if you don’t assume more direct control when needed.
On the other hand, there’s the alternative way of looking at life with you as the driving force behind it. You create and control the flow yourself. This is a more challenging way to live but also a much more rewarding one. You aren’t limited to those experiences that can only be gotten passively or painlessly — now you can have much more of what you want by being willing to accept and take on bigger challenges.
If I only went with the perceived easy flow of my life, I’d never have learned to read, write, or type; those were all challenges where I felt I was going against the flow of what was easy and natural. I wouldn’t have gotten any college degrees. I wouldn’t have started my own business. I certainly wouldn’t have developed any software. No way I would have run a marathon — one doesn’t exactly flow into such a thing. And I most certainly wouldn’t be doing any public speaking. This web site wouldn’t exist either; it was definitely an entity created more by drive than by flow.
I do believe there is an underlying flow to life at times, but I see myself as a co-creator in that flow. I can ride the flow when it’s headed where I want to go, or I can get off and blaze my own trail when necessary.
When you step up and learn to see yourself as the driver of your life instead of the passive victim of it, then it becomes a lot easier to take on big challenges and to endure the hardships they sometimes require. You learn to associate more pleasure to the character development you gain than the minor discomforts you experience. You become accustomed to spending more time outside your comfort zone. Hard work is something you look forward to because you know that it will lead to tremendous growth. And you eventually develop the maturity and responsibility to understand that certain goals will never just flow into your life; they’ll only happen if you act as the driving force to bring them to fruition.
When faced with the prospect of saying to yourself, “If I always avoid hard work, I’ll never in my life get to experience X, Y, or Z,” it’s a little easier to embrace the benefits of hard work. What will you miss out on? You’ll probably never run a marathon, marry the mate of your dreams, become a multi-millionaire, make a real difference in the world, etc. You’ll have to settle for only what going with the flow can provide, which is mediocrity. You’ll basically just take up space and die without really having mattered. The world will be pretty much the same had you never existed (chaos theory notwithstanding).
If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work. Hard work makes the difference. It’s what separates the children from the mature adults. You can keep living as a child and desperately hoping that life will always be easy, but then you’ll be stuck in a child-like world, working on other people’s goals instead of your own, waiting for opportunities to come to you instead of creating your own, and doing work that in the grand scheme of this world just isn’t important.
When you learn to embrace hard work instead of running from it, you gain the ability to execute on your big goals, no matter what it takes to achieve them. You blast through obstacles that stop others who have less resolve. But what is it that gets you to this point? What gets you to embrace hard work?
When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity. If your life has no real purpose, then you can avoid hard work, and it won’t matter because you’ve decided that your life itself doesn’t matter anyway. So who cares if you work hard or take the easy road? But if you’ve chosen a significant purpose for your life, it’s going to require hard work to get there — any meaningful purpose will require hard work. You have to admit to yourself then that the only way this purpose is going to be fulfilled is if you embrace hard work. And this is what takes you beyond fear and ego, beyond the sniveling little child who thinks that hard work is something to run away from. When you become driven by a purpose greater than yourself, you embrace hard work out of necessity. That child gets replaced by a mature adult who assumes responsibility for getting the job done, knowing that without total commitment and lots of hard work, it’s never going to happen.
Desire melts adversity.
Show me a person who avoids hard work, and I’ll show you someone who hasn’t found their purpose yet. Because anyone who knows their purpose will embrace hard work. They’ll pay the price willingly.
If you don’t know your purpose yet, then in the world of mature human beings, you don’t yet matter. You’re just a piece of flotsam on the flow created by those who do live on purpose. And deep down you already know this, don’t you? If you want to make a difference in the world, then hard work is the price. There are no shortcuts.
Purpose and hard work are buddies. Purpose is the why. Hard work is the how. Purpose is what turns labor into labor of love. It transmutes the pain of hard work into the higher level pleasure of dedication, commitment, resolve, and passion. It turns pain into strength, eventually to the point where you don’t notice the pain as much as you enjoy the strength.
Once again it all comes down to purpose. Create a purpose for your life, and live it each day. And many of the other success habits like hard work and working hard will fall into place automatically. Figure out the why. Why are you here? Why does your life matter? That is the ultimate test of your free will.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Mr. Said Mungwai (Right), Mr. Issa and Mwandu salum (left) at the end of the Event, when they were ensuring all the facilities are put in place as part of their activities in job descriptions. it is our culture to ensure all items are well checked for administration report. Nkrumah hall is the Historical hall and it has to be respected.
we appriciate the efforts iof these people in organizing the event, especially maintainng the Logistics.
Organisers of event think of how next event should look like, while analyising the Archievement or succes of the event.
From Right Mr. Abdallah Chomete ( Managing Director of Madesa Point Sationary), Right is the Current UCCI president showing a Certificate of Appreciation for their Financial support in organizatation of launching of UCCI,
Friday, December 14, 2007
HONORABLE DR. LUKE J.B SIYAME, DEPUTY MINISTER, PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE. ( DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIV/AIDS
during the Launching Ceremony at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar Es Salaam Main Campus
more than 500 participants are listerning to him. it was our great day for sure to have him as a guest of Honour
from the Guest of Honor Honorable Dr. Luke J.B Siyame
right to him is a representative from the Dean of Student office
Mr. Jacob elifasi and Abdallah Chomete are receiving a certificate of appreciation for their contribution and Good partnership to UCCI. these are students who own and run their stationary (MADESA POINT at Mabibo)
Mr. Eratus Mtui is Receiving a Certificate of Merit from the Guest of Honor for Conceptualizing the Idea of Introducing a Center, during his study at the University of Dar es Salaam,
Mr. Mtui was an MBA student in 2005 when the Center was introduced and Registered.
where are you, what have you originated, where is it?
with us is the Chief Executive Officer Of BRELA, During the Meeting with journalist at Habari Maelezo Dar es Salaam. His Great contribution to UCCI is remarkable.
UCCI President with The Chief Executive Officer of BRELA when He was explaining to why his office decided to Sponsor UCCI
Journalist are trying to catch short story of the event at Habari maelezo
Honourable, ESTERIANO EMMANUEL MAHINGILA (ADVOCATE) CEO- BRELA when answering a series of Questions on Intellectual Property as were raised by Journalists during the discusion with journalists at Habari Maelezo.
mh it was good
i wish you could be with us
during break they were trying to exchange views and digest what they have heard durin presentation
Do not Forget our Center has an addres of which you can contact us and we can share different views which realte with Creativity and Innovation, Call us or send us an email
it was a good day when we were waiting to Launch our Center and this was a good sign for our Center to be seen soon after been officiated
or call us or write to us, UCCI we trust our determinations
Due to a great Contribution made to us from our sponsors like BRELA, NMB and without forgetting our best Sponsors who are students and Business Persons Mr. Jacob Elifasi and Abdallah Chomete with their office called Madesa Point they Gave a great contribution and we awarded certificates of appricition, we also offer these types of Certificates ti our Members. join us now
behind is Ms Paul Msanga and other Members at COSTECH, on the Left is MR. Afred from the University of Dar es Salaam is following a presentation.
sidewise id Mr. Shayo from the University of DSM
members are following a lesson carefully
Mr. Kafuruku is trying to put things Clear about Patent Search
Mwitumba Benno B from the University Center for Creativity and Innovation is Presenting about the whole structure of UCCI
when will you join us, we are enjoying alot, find us at JEMA office near Hall one at The University of Dar es Salaam
Posted By Mr. Benno B Mwitumba