The One Reason Why Knowledge & Hard Work Won’t Equal Success

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Now don’t let the bold title mislead you. I wholeheartedly believe that with the proper know-how and strong work ethic a person can JUST ABOUT achieve ANYTHING they set their minds to.

Take four-time NBA MVP Lebron James for example.

Lebron, who right now is arguably the best basketball player on the planet (sorry KD), took his team to the NBA championship TWICE and failed before ultimately finding success a few years later.

Lebron, often regarded as one of the smartest basketball players to ever play the game, sure as heck possessed the basketball know-how to succeed, but yet, two times he didn’t. Basketball I.Q…check…what about Lebron’s work ethic? Did King James have the right work ethic to succeed during those two NBA Finals trips? Given how ferociously this man trains on AND OFF the court I honestly find it hard to believe that you’d find anyone who would claim that he didn’t. So, let’s just take a step back real quick. The four-time NBA MVP, who had been succeeding at his craft his entire life, who was widely touted as one of the smartest, talented and most driven players to ever play the game, FAILED….twice??? But, didn’t he have the knowledge? Didn’t he have the drive? Isn’t that the winning formula? Knowledge + Hard work? What could he possibly be lacking??

Maybe he was lacking that one vital piece of the puzzle that everyone often overlooks. Just maybe.

Look at world-renowned inventor Thomas Edison for example. Edison would eventually become the man known to the world as the father of the electric light bulb. Renowned all over the world as a brilliant inventor, many fail to realize that although he possessed an abundance of knowledge (you have to be some sort of smart to invent all the products he did) and an insane work ethic, he too knew failure all too well. Before finally getting it right, Edison failed at the light bulb over 1,000 times. Yep, you read right, ONE THOUSAND TIMES!

When a reporter asked, “how did it feel to fail 1,000 times? “, Edison famously replied “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

You see, Edison and James both possessed the specific knowledge to achieve success in their respective fields. They both possessed an insane work ethic to achieve success in their fields. Yet they both fell short of their ambitions in their respective fields only to finally achieve their goals a few years down the road. And why was that? Simple. They both learned the winning formula depicted below.


Makes sense? Good. After coming up short during those first two NBA Finals appearances, Lebron could of just said to hell with it and went on collecting his millions and just going through the motions,but no, he had the right attitude and started drilling down his craft in the offseason improving every facet of his game so he could come back even better and stronger! That’s why he’s a champion many times over today because he had the winning formula!

Knowledge+Hard Work+ Attitude=100%.

The same thing applies to Thomas Edison. Most people would have given up after facing adversity 100 times, but Edison didn’t quit after 100, didn’t quit after 300, heck the man didn’t quit at 900. Edison faced adversity over 1,000 times and his attitude did not change! He made his mind up that he was going to achieve his goal and that’s exactly what he did. Thanks to his no-quit attitude billions of people across the globe have the ability to have their homes illuminated at night. Do you see? Adversity is not a bad thing.

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”
– James Lane Allen

The problem that many of us have in life, not just in fitness, is that we experience a little setback and we give up. We’ll have the knowledge, have the work ethic, miss the gym one day here, then it becomes one day there, and before you know it turns into three months of not working out because we feel as though we’ve fallen off way too far to succeed. Imagine if Edison felt that way. Would your home have light today? Would you be able to drive your car at night?

The formula for your success is right there. Literally right there. It’s simply up to you whether or not you want to use it.

I truly hope you do. And I truly hope this post helped you in some sort of way.

Remeber, Knowledge + Hard Work + Attitude= 100%.

Now go out there and make it happen!

Talk to you soon.

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