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Success a result of effort, substantive activity & good habits

What do you define as “success” in life? Everyone wants to be successful in life in one way or another, but being successful requires a lot of time and work. Nobody praises the person on their death bed who gets through all 9 seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” in one sitting or who reached level 60 in Skyrim. People praise and look up to the ones who put in a lot of hard work and are successful in their real life pursuits, whatever they may be.

But why do people these days continue to spend the vast majority doing things like playing video games or watching Netflix over doing things in real life? Because watching or controlling people who are living their life on the TV screen takes heck of a lot less effort than trying to do the same things in real life.

Although it is true that characters in movies and video games can do things that we will most likely never get to do in our lives, it is a lot more rewarding to accomplish something in real life.

This lack of effort is one of many things that keep many people, including Johnnies, from getting involved more on campus.

The effort to actually show up and apply your time to a club or to your classes sounds a lot harder than just sitting and playing video games or watching Netflix on your couch. But anything in life that is worth having will take a lot of work to get.

Peyton Manning didn’t just wake up one day and say, “You know what? I think I’m gonna be really good at football today.” He has been putting in hard work every day since he was young to get to the level that he is at now. Now that doesn’t mean to overload yourself with countless activities so you have no free time.

You most likely will have some regrets if those are the only things you remember. I’m not saying those things are bad, but make sure that those aren’t the things that your life revolves around. Have them just be a side hobby, something you do with friends.

Start building good habits now for later in life in terms of building to success.

If all you are doing when you are not in class is sitting on your couch today, that is probably what you are going to do tomorrow, and the next day, and a year from now, and ten years from now. So why not spend that time when you’re just sitting there to get out and do something worthwhile?

If you start getting involved now, that is most likely what you will tend to do later in life. Getting involved in your community or on campus is a good place to start. If you don’t know where to look for new things to join, just look in your email inbox, new opportunities show up every day. Being more involved begins with just simply attending something new.

It can be a club, a volunteer opportunity, or just simply class. A quote that a business professor once mentioned in class that has stuck with me is, “The world is run by those who show up.”

Just taking the time to show up can be the hardest part, but it can lead to so much more.

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