My mother is very well known for being a hard worker. She is not fond of watching television or listening to the radio. Till today, she has no idea how to turn on our family television! Instead, she fills her time with things that matter most to her.

Years ago, after her work hours at school, my mother used to sell household furnishings to supplement her income. In the afternoons, she would be looking for new wares, meet new suppliers and deliver orders to her customers.

Then she would come home in time to cook dinner, do the laundry and clean the house. After that, she would help my brother and me with our homework.

There is no short cut to success; there is only hard work. Always keep that in mind!

Most people work 40 hours a week but it has been said, anything you do more than your 40 hours goes straight into developing your wealth. It is true, all millionaires work harder and longer than the average person.

“I studied the lives of great men and women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”
Harry S Truman (U.S. President)

All top athletes today work very hard to get to the top of their game. I once read about a young footballer who was accepted into a small football club. On the first day of training, he was excited and very enthusiastic. There were a few other new sign-ups besides him and everyone trained hard.

At the end of the training day, after the coach dismissed the players, he saw the club’s top player doing extra training on his own at the far end of the field.

He thought to himself, if the top player is still training while others are going home, what about me? Wouldn’t I have to do extra training to be better than the rest of the players? So, the young football player also started to do extra training by himself after each training day. He later became European Footballer of the Year three times. The footballer’s name is Kevin Keegan.

When you are involved in a project or job, throw yourself fully into it. Do not be afraid to take on some extra responsibilities. My friend, Denise, participated in competitive swimming as a teenager. She told me how her mother would drive her to the local swimming pool at 5 am. every morning for her training. The swimmer swam laps in the cold water for more than an hour each morning. Then at 6.30 am. she would stop training, change and get ready for school! Now, that is what I call dedication!

There is nothing worse than for a manager to meet someone who just wants to do the least in a project. When a project comes your way, volunteer to take on a little more than what you have been given. It is a great way to impress your boss and manager. The extra responsibilities will lead to greater things in the future.

(Get your copy of “Secrets of how My Mother became a Millionaire” book available at MPH bookstores nationwide and other good bookstores to read more)


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