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By Clinton Richmond

Somebody once told me, "The problem is, nobody wants to work anymore. Everyone wants a free ride."

Free rides are nice. They're exciting, frivolous and fun. Most of those feelings stem from the fact that you're getting something for nothing, and often there's no real appreciation for the opportunities that free rides can bring. But, man are they nice to have (when you can get 'em!)

If history has taught us anything, it's that we can accomplish pretty much all we set our minds to. We can create the opportunities we want and the success we hope to have, but it takes work. It really does, and I can't stress that enough. Talent alone won't do it — neither will wishful thinking, despite what my nephew believes. Now, there are people out there who make it all seem so easy — you've seen them, I'm sure. There's probably a few of them hanging around your office. For them, every situation that presents itself just seems to work in their favor; no matter how monumental the circumstances, things always manage to fall right into place. Who are these people? Why are they so different from the rest of us, what are they taking?

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Well, I've had several conversations with a good many, and they all say the same thing: it all points back to hard work. What they do may look effortless, but there's a lot of time and preparation spent in achieving that midas touch. Most people fall short of their dreams because they don't want to do the work. Many forget, or just don't have the patience for the day-in and day-out of working through the unglamorous and mundane aspects of the job. But that's what it takes. It toughens your mettle, and gives you staying power. If you've been fortunate to make it without this preconditioning, eventually it will show, and you won't last long.

I mention it because a member of our sales force was sharing with me her experience with today's marketplace, and how so much has changed. She explained to me what it took for her to get to where she is, and how she had put so much time and effort to do it. It just seemed unfair that all of that hard work amounts to nothing in this new arena. 'All the rules have changed, and now I have to start all over.'

Well, she's right...on both counts. All the rules have changed, and it is unfair. But I told her that she's proven one thing that makes her up for the challenge. She CAN do the work. And the truth is, that's the biggest thing standing between her and the success she wants to have. It is daunting, I'm sure, and I'm not going to sugarcoat it by saying that technology has made a ton of resources so much easier to obtain. While that's true, nothing will ever take the place of hard work. You're in control of where you are and where you want to be. Start navigating.

Now there are, of course, exceptions to every rule.

Yes, there are success stories where some people have seemingly been able to waltz through life without so much as a callus, a broken nail or a drop a sweat. Bless them all, I'm happy for them. I just know that those opportunities can be few and far between for most of us (though not impossible). But why wait for a miracle (or that elusive free ride), when we can make our own?

To conclude, We can create our own opportunities to success. We have that power. We just have to be willing to do what it takes to get there. I encourage you to be up for the challenge. Take the path that you have the most control over, and change your world. Let's get to work! And if that free ride ever comes along, take that too.

Clinton Richmond works as a Desktop Tech/IT Assistant at Printing Images, Inc., and he never sleeps.

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