I’m sick of hearing people say: “If you believe in something and work really hard, you can do it!”
It’s luck, people. Deal with it.
Okay, so maybe it’s not all luck. Sometimes hard work is rewarded, but often times it isn’t. I suppose this all depends on what one means by being “rewarded,” but usually it means something like praise, recognition, financial compensation, or even just pride in a hard day’s work. But, pride doesn’t put food on the table. Not to mention, it doesn’t take a whole lot to have the rug pulled out from under your pride with a nice bit of criticism.
The truth of the matter is that some people achieve their dreams and other people don’t, and it’s just a lie that hard work is the key to achieving dreams. For one, not all dreams require hard work, but more importantly, there are a lot of other contributing factors.
The one that no one likes mentioning is talent. I think a lot of skills can be honed and refined, but there are some things that seem to require a natural ability. For instance, a lot of people can carry a tune, but some people just don’t have good singing voices. On the whole, some people are just better than others at certain things. Maybe a lot of the time your dreams center on something you’re good at, but this isn’t necessarily the case. So, no matter hard you work at something, you may never be that good at it.
Another factor is the fact that other people are always involved in your success. Not only is there always someone better than you at whatever you are doing, a lot of things require cooperation or at the very least, the help of someone else. You can never be sure that someone is going to be willing to help you or work with you. In some fields, your success is dependent upon whether or not other people like you. You might be talented, you might work hard, but if you rub people the wrong way or if they just don’t understand your brilliance, you’re still going to fail.
The last factor I’m going to mention (believe me, there are more) is what I mentioned at the outset – luck. Sometimes success comes down to being in the right place at the right time. And, absolutely no amount of hard work is ever going make happy coincidences happen.
So, good luck with that.
Note: All “Demotivators” can be found at despair.com, the site designed for people like me. Except, you know, they’re successful.