Work Is Hard

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I am sitting here Saturday evening writing this in front of my outdoor fireplace while my kids and a few of their friends are running around enjoying the wonders of hard work. Now, don’t get me wrong, things are not why we work hard nor should they ever be the "why" behind anything, but they are the benefits, perks, or blessings from going the extra mile.

So often when traveling and sharing the chiropractic message with chiropractors throughout the world, I regularly hear, “I’m struggling. Practice is so hard. I can’t pay my bills. You’re just lucky; I don’t know how you do it.” I put my pants on everyday just like you. The only difference is that I CHOOSE to work!

Fortune magazine said, “Research shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work!” PAINFUL and DEMANDING! Simply put, this is doing what you don’t like to do when you don’t want to do it to make yourself and your team better. Getting up earlier, staying up later, running the extra mile, doing one more rep, pushing yourself further and harder than you thought you could ever go to achieve the dreams you never thought you could.

This I know for sure from my past experience as a Division I athlete: when you think you have gone as far as you think you can, there is always just a little bit more in the tank. The majority of our minds will not let us go too far outside our comfort zone. That is why it is so critical to have family, team members, and coaches that can push you beyond what you believe you can accomplish to go from mediocre to massive.

Why? Why push yourself to the point of complete and utter exhaustion? Why get up and go to bed when it is dark out? Why skip the ballgame with the boys? Lives depend on it! You were chosen to be a chiropractor, and you have a massive responsibility to share the truth with the world. Each and every day, in and out of our practices, we come in contact with people who are not living up to their life’s fullest potential. It is you that knows exactly where health comes from. If we are not sharing that truth with each and every person we know, we are not fulfilling our duty as health care leaders. To whom much is given, much is expected.

Success is not designed to be easy. If it were easy, no one would be successful. Think about it. But, if you wish to be, do, or have more, then decide to get off your rump and go get some. It is as easy as that.

Imagine the influence on the world we could have as health care leaders if every chiropractor was a multi-millionaire. Seriously, what would the health of the world look like? I guarantee we would reach a tipping point of influence and change the landscape of health care.

More chiropractors need to adopt Will Smith’s attitude he discussed during one of his interviews: “I’m not afraid to die on the treadmill.” He says, you may be smarter, sexier, or have more skill, but he will not be out-worked, period! He will do whatever it takes to succeed.

Don’t just take my or Will Smith’s advice—look at what some of our world’s best minds have to say. Thomas Edison said “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Proverbs 14:23 says, “ALL hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” That is from one of the wisest men in biblical times. And we know what ALL means. ALL means ALL and that’s ALL, ALL means. No matter what it is—family, church, exercise, or practice, work as hard as you can, and you will bring a profit.

I challenge you to push more than you have ever pushed for just 21 days and see the benefit and growth it brings.

Remember, lives depend on it.

Yours in success,

Dr. Paul Reed