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Want Results? Work for Them

Want Results? Work for Them

by Frank Roche on January 8, 2008

in Performance

You know why get-rich-quick schemes don’t work? Because they’re shortcuts, and there’s no shortcut to success. It takes guts and grit and determination to succeed.

In the Instant and Continuous Gratification Age that we live in, too often we want instant results. Change an HR program, just add water, and presto! Well, it doesn’t work like that. The way to make a program work is 1) don’t think about it as a program, think about it as a system, and 2) work hard.

Studies show that self-discipline matters more than IQ when it comes to academic success. And there’s simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to pay-for-performance and communicating about it. Stick-to-itiveness is what really matters.

On Rich Mennenoh Racing Experience, the bicycle racer talks about what it takes to be a successful competitor:

I was reading Joe Friel’s book Cycling Past 50. In the chapter about racing he has a table that assigns your racing level based on your training hours per year.

Typical Race Level vs. Training Hours per Year
A “Finisher” would train 200 – 300 hours
A “Mid Pack” performer would train 300 – 400 hours
If you’re “Competitive” you would train 400 – 500 hours
“National Class” would need to train 500 – 600 hours

I would submit that “national class,” top-of-the-line employees work at it harder than others. Want to be a top performer? Then work at it. At the end of the day, there’s no other way.

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