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You gotta WORK for "IT!"

"It" hasn't happened yet." I heard this comment from two of my last consultation calls of 2020 from two people in their late 20s. To both I asked, "what is this "it" you speak of?" Ironically, they both had the same answer…SUCCESS. Yet, sadly when asked neither of them could define what success meant for their own lives. And when they attempted to, they spoke as if success was something that was owed to them and should be given to them before they hit the age of 30.

One wanted a business to "boom," that he had never invested in properly, never dedicated time to, and lacked the discipline to follow through even when given huge opportunities. The other had a laundry list of excuses, dwelled in the victim mindset, and wanted everyone to throw a pity party for her indecisiveness. What I quickly realized with both was that no one had told them the hard truth.

The truth that their root problem wasn't their childhood trauma, wasn't the economy, wasn't their past…their issues…they are…LAZY! Yep, I said it and I mean it. I can say it because I consider myself lazy. Yet here's the difference, I know I have lazy tendencies so I plan, prepare, and work accordingly. For me, that means dedicating time to figuring out how to be as efficient and effective as possible, while still accomplishing "it," otherwise known as goals in the least amount of time. Did you catch that part? I said I WORK. I don't wait. I don't hope. I don't blame. I get my butt up every day and DO what needs to be done. Why? Because the thing that separates a child from an adult is not age, it's the ability to HUNT.

Hunt: the ability to seek and kill to survive. Hunting ain't pretty. It ain't easy. And it is honestly quite messy. You don't always catch your target, heck some days you might go hungry, but it is about the survival of the fittest. Fittest comes in three forms physical, mental, and spiritual. You are not always going to be in peak condition in all three categories. However, the goal is not to neglect any of the three all while maintaining balance.

What I've come to realize is that some will always need and wait to be fed. These people annoy the heck out you because they are the co-worker who is a half-assing their way through every day, yet disappointed when they don't get promoted. These are the people who have to wait to be told what to do and when to do it because they lack the initiative to move forward. These are the people who end up costing you time and money because instead of solving problems, they cause them. These are people who are waiting on "it" to fall out the sky and land in their lap because they never got that memo that "it" doesn't just happen, you gotta WORK FOR IT!

Regardless of your "it" is getting a degree, getting married, starting a new career, or building a business…YOU GOTTA DO THE WORK. "It" is not owed to you, "it" is not guaranteed to you, "it" is not going to come looking for you. "It" is the result of dedication, commitment, and a belief that regardless of the obstacles, you can overcome it if you clearly define your "it" (vision and goals), stay focused, and rise to the challenge instead of quitting.


I’m Kandis Troutman, The Creative Architect. I'm a mother, teacher, and spiritual seeker focused on purpose walking and serving others. I help women activate their God given power so they can transform their purpose into a prosperous business.

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