11.13.2012

The Secret To Crushing Everybody Else In Your Industry.

Want to dominate your industry?  There are a few ways to do that:

  1. Work harder.
  2. Innovate faster.
  3. Care more.
  4. Listen louder.
  5. Market better.
  6. Lie less.

But mostly… work harder.

There are plenty of excuses why you should get another degree, attend another seminar, hire another expert, or “think about it” longer.  There are more books to read, more options to consider, and more information you need to know before you should do anything.

But there’s not much better at conquering than good, old-fashion hard work.

It’s the only thing guaranteed to work.

It’s not sexy.  Not cool.  Not even fun to talk about.  In fact, you’ll do just about anything to avoid choosing the “ignorant hard work” option.

But you’re missing out on one of the simplest truths of success.

Working smarter is a result of hard work; not a replacement for it.

If you want to crush your competitors, you have to outwork them. Relentlessly. Tirelessly.  Maniacally.

You can innovate, accelerate, formulate, rejuvenate, and conflagrate.  (And all at the same time.)

But it doesn’t matter much.

Really, it doesn’t matter much at all if you aren’t putting in the outrageous amounts of hard work.

That’s what it takes.  And, frankly, that’s always been the difference between winners and losers.  Not brains.  Not brawn.  Not any other breakthrough.  Just sweat and tears (and more sweat).

But you’ll crush anyone in your way if you’re willing to try harder.  Are you?


  • http://www.LimitlessMindset.com/ Jonathan Roseland

    Don’t the millions of extremely hard working people who arn’t leading their respective industries disproving this philosophy…??

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      I have never heard a champion complain that they wished they would not have worked so hard. I have heard many quitters explain why working hard isn’t a sophisticated enough formula for them — and so they end up continuing to lose.

      If “hard working people” aren’t dominating his/her respective industry then they need to:

      1. Work harder
      2. Learn from working harder
      3. Use those lessons to work even harder

      The truth is that dominations is a grueling and unforgiving conquest. It costs a lot. “Getting by” is easier and usually a better fit for most people. Although we find it hard to admit that. Right?

      Dan

      p.s. Great insight… Great question, Jonathan.

      • http://www.LimitlessMindset.com/ Jonathan Roseland

        I’ve personally been working very hard almost nonstop since age 16. However I think the ‘hard work’ philosophy needs to be counter balanced with a ‘healthy work’ philosophy of stress management, introspection and biohacking.

        How many friends do you know who as young men where super hard working hustlers but burned out in their mid or late 20′s and are now on a path to mediocrity? I can think of quite a few…

        • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

          Self-awareness plays a big role in sustained effort. Burnout happens when the conquest boils down to “destination” instead of the “journey”…

          If you fight long enough and smart enough you don’t need to give up or slow down.

          Dan

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