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January 16, 2014

Tim Kolodziej: Are you a plodder? You’re on your way to success


NEW CASTLE — “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” — Proverbs 13:4

How much are they willing to suffer?

That’s how noted soccer coach John O’Sullivan responds when parents ask him if their children have what it takes to play at the next level.

“The will to suffer and endure not only separates average athletes from elite ones, but it separates talented elite athletes from their peers as well,” O’Sullivan says.

“An athlete’s willingness to suffer, his or her comfort with being uncomfortable, is often a strong determinant upon whether they reach their potential, or instead become another one of those ‘shoulda, coulda, woulda’ players.”

The more I watch and the more I study, the more I realize O’Sullivan is right. So is Woody Allen.

Showing up consistently matters. No matter how much it hurts sometimes.

As much as I wish it were true, there’s no magic pill.

Despite what we see on late-night television, there’s no such thing as “5-minute abs.” There’s no “secret recipe” to achieve excellence.

There’s you. There’s me. There’s small successes. And there are plenty of failures in-between.

Just keep showing up.

Just keep learning and growing, no matter how hard it is to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Just keep plodding.

One step at a time.

One foot in front of the other.

Even when it seems like you can’t get any traction.

Believe it or not, it’s the fastest way to the top.

Maybe I’ll see you there someday.


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