James Allen’s Secret To Leaving a Great Legacy

So I'm coming to you today all the way from England, from the greatest henge in the world, Stonehenge.

This was built roughly 5000 years ago, about 3000 BC. No one really knows why it was built. It could've been either an astronomical observatory or a religious site because there are about 150 people buried around here.

We do know it was a really great feat of "hengineering". (Thought I'd throw that pun in there because it only took me about a couple of hours to figure out!)

We do know that it was really hard work, so that's what today's monumental quote is about:  hard work.

And the quote today comes from 'As A Man Thinketh' by English author James Allen:

"Do not be afraid of hard work but instead be grateful that you have the capacity for hard work."

You might be thinking, "What's all this talk about hard work Cham? When you love what you do, I thought you never work a day in your life?"

The Secret To Leaving A Great Legacy

Well, let me let you in on a little bit of a secret:  everything worthwhile doing gets hard at some point.

Like stock trading, that gets hard... learning how to do a new musical instrument, that gets hard...

I saw a documentary with Usain Bolt when he was running around in 50-degree heat spewing, that got hard. So even winning a gold medal, even though you love what you're doing, it gets hard.

I remember when we were starting Authentic Education I was about to quit. One of the reasons is because it got hard. Working 50 to 60 hours in your bedroom gets hard.

That's why we're talking about hard work... it's necessary if you want to leave a legacy.

What separates unsuccessful people and successful people, is successful people, even though it gets hard they keep persisting.

When you love what you do, yeah sure, it makes it a lot easier when you believe in it, when you're loving it.

The second half of the quote says, "Do not be afraid of hard work but be grateful that you have the capacity for hard work."

Why grateful?

It's because everything gets hard. But you don't really know what you've got until it's gone. When you are no longer able to do hard work, whether it's physical hard work or mental hard work, that's when you really wish that you had the ability to do it, the capacity for it.

When you're no longer able to do an Excel spreadsheet or work on your business that's when you realize that you should've been grateful to have the capacity for hard work in the first place.

I hope that helps you out on your path to inspiring the world and leaving your legacy.

Let me know what hard work you are really wishing to change and reframe in your mind. Just leave a comment below. And if you like this video please like it, hit the like button. Share it with others as well, and just remember, the next time something gets really difficult instead of running, procrastinating, putting it off like a lot of other people do, or chasing the next bright shining object, just remember James Allen's words, that you don't have to be afraid of hard work, but rather be grateful you have the capacity for it.

Thanks for reading and I'll see you in the next post.

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Cham is the CEO and Head of Marketing at Authentic Education since co-founding it in 2009. He is passionate about productivity, empowering people, marketing and is creator of Digital Marketing Made Easy.

He has worked for Anthony Robbins, Chris Howard and Dr John Demartini from "The Secret" and has featured in BRW magazine, News.com.au and newspapers such as Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.