Success Can Be Boring, Tedious Work

We all want to be more successful. Why wouldn’t we? With more success comes more approval, respect, money, love, and even more life. At least this is what most people believe anyway but let’s save that for another post.

Since so many people want to obtain massive success, the “secrets” of success are found everywhere from books to infomercials to articles like this, this, and this. You can even find hints of what it takes to be successful in movies as well.

The Reality

A lot of these tips are great but what many of them leave out is how boring and tedious the work that is necessary to be successful can be. Watching some of those underdog movies makes you think the results we’re after can speed by like a montage but in reality, it’s usually not nearly as exciting.

What many people see when those who are successful are displayed are the results of all of their hard work. From athletes to doctors to Academy Award winners, what we are shown are the smiles and tears of joy. What we aren’t usually shown is the years of hard work that got those people to where they are today.

Behind the Scenes

We don’t usually see the failures, the tears of disappointment, the rejections, the sleepless nights, and the struggles. We also don’t see the everyday routine these people go through in order to perfect their craft probably because it’s not exciting or entertaining enough to report or talk about.

The musician, putting in hours upon hours to practice a song until he/she gets it just right. The author, writing tons of sentences that end up in the trash until only the right words are left. The college graduate, studying well into the night, every night, in order to create a better future for himself/herself.

No, what we see is the musician playing that song on stage and making it look so easy, the author signing autographs at a bookstore, and the college graduate celebrating with joy on graduation day.

Seeing the end results of other people’s hard work can inspire us to pursue our own dreams but keep in mind the work they put in won’t be nearly as glamorous looking as what is usually displayed in public.

The Daily Grind

You’re going to have plenty of days where you will question why you’re putting yourself through all the hardship. You’re going to often look at where you are and where you want to be, realize you have a long way to go, and want to give up or become discouraged. There won’t be a crowd cheering you on. Most of the time, it’s just going to be you, alone, working toward that dream, day in, day out.

Many parts of the journey toward success will be fun and exciting but most parts will be like brushing your teeth… uneventful, boring, routine. However, it’s the things you do repeatedly on a daily basis that will give you the results you want. Sure, it will often be boring, you’ll often struggle, and thoughts of procrastination will constantly be on your mind but in order to experience those victorious moments, you’ll have to put in the work.

Fun is a Bonus

Some people are fortunate enough to be doing something they love so the actual work is almost like play to them. If you can find something like this, great, but if you can’t, don’t worry. The whole idea of “doing what you love” is sort of overrated anyway. We tend to love to do things we’re good at and we usually become good at the things we put time and work into.

Don’t let the fact that you may not be having fun stop you from doing the work. For most of us, in order to get the things we want in life, we will have to put up with doing things we don’t particularly enjoy doing. If you don’t do it, you won’t get the things you want. It’s that simple.


So what’s the takeaway here? Success isn’t always exciting. It’s often boring and tedious but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your dreams.

Let’s end with this…

Successful people do what unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do and as a result, they are able to live the life unsuccessful people can only dream about.


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