No matter what job you’re tasked to do or what goals you hope to achieve, “making a difference” is the only metric that needs to be measured.
If what you’re doing isn’t “making a difference” then it is a waste of your time and you should stop doing it.
If what you’re doing is “making a difference” then you need to keep doing it until you ultimately arrive at where you want to be.
But determining what “makes a difference” is no easy task.
It is easy to do things that have a short term pay off with long-term catastrophic consequences.
For instance, if you need more money right now you can make a difference in your financial situation by robbing a bank. However, the long-term consequences of that strategy are most likely in conflict with your long term dreams and aspirations.
So, just because a strategy “makes a difference” right now doesn’t mean that it’s the right strategy for “making a difference” in the long run.
Which is important. Because you have to live with your future.
So working on quick tactics or easy strategies can be the wrong plan. You need to think about the long run — where you want to be.
That too has consequences in the short term if you’re not disciplined. You can run out of time or money or credibility if you’re investing all of your efforts in “making a difference” in the future and forget about where you are right now.
Making a difference isn’t easy navigate. It can be difficult to know what you want to achieve and even more difficult to achieve what you think is possible.
Which is why hard work matters all the more.
Working smart is important. Being strategic is important. Learning new skills, evolving relationships, and developing financial discipline are all important parts of allowing yourself to “make a difference”.
Just don’t forget that hard work is what powers you achieving your goals. Nothing else can get you to where you want to be more efficiently and effectively then you putting in hard work.
Nothing else even comes close. Not better tools. Not better people. Not better plans. Not anything else.
Hard work is what makes the most difference.
And it spans the short term and long term goals that can be confusing at times.
Plan. Prepare. Ponder. And then work hard.
You can’t help but make a difference.