Do The Hard Work


Note from CoachO: A great thought leader I have come to admire is Ralph Marston. He has a very inspiring website called, “The Daily Motivator.”

The following is a post from his “Motivator” archives… Enjoy!


Do the hard work!

Don’t avoid the hard work. That’s where the greatest value is created.

Don’t be afraid of the difficult, complicated, challenging tasks. Once you get past the fear, you’re already past the most difficult aspect.

Relish the opportunity to do the hard work. For it is an opportunity to experience yourself being fully alive and effective.

Find real enjoyment and satisfaction in doing the difficult work. Get yourself hooked on how good it feels to make a meaningful positive difference.

It’s often assumed that hard work is best avoided. Yet when you avoid hard work, you cheat yourself out of the joy of accomplishment.

Seek out the hard work and you’ll find it’s not bad at all. Do the hard work, and transform each day, each moment and each effort into great value.

— Ralph Marston
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Mark Sanchez, QB NY Jets


“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what.

Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”

— Mark Victor Hansen



A True Friend…

Coach K (R) with Jay Williams

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths;
feels your fears but fortifies your faith;
sees your anxieties but frees your spirit;
recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.

— William Arthur Ward



The Best Leaders Love What They Do!

Candace Parker (L) & the great Coach Pat Summitt

Work is thought of as something that you have to do, while play is something that you choose to do. The distinction is more of an idea than a reality, since both require physical and mental energy. The best coaches and managers in the world are those who absolutely love what they’re doing.

The enjoyment of coaches is not a perk, it’s an essential ingredient of winning. People want to see the passion in a leader; it’s inspiring to think that all this commitment and energy are behind your team’s performance. You can’t fake your love of the game; it’s there or it’s not. If you find you enjoy leading people to success, give it all you’v got. If not, let someone else do it.

The crux of a mission statement is identifying what it is you enjoy so much that you lose track of time when you’re doing it. Part of that mission must also require the desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. You can achieve greater success in your responsibilities as a leader when your mission statement keeps reminding you of your passions while making important decisions regarding your career and your people.

~ Ken Blanchard


From “The Little Book Of Coaching” by Ken Blanchard & Don Shula 


“One who has mastered the art of living simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing”

— James Michener