Embarking on the journey to financial freedom often brings a fixation on the destination. Envisioning the moment of "Breaking Free" or "Retirement" motivates us to keep going and enables us to make sacrifices now; however, as cliche as it may sound, don't forget there is joy in the journey.
W. C. Fields said, "Smile first thing it the morning. Get it over with." We often half-jokingly say, "The first 5 days of the week after the weekend are the hardest." Let's face it, the daily grind is arduous. I have never met anyone who does not feel challenged in life. But, just like every hike, if we only look at the ground and focus on our fatigue we miss all the gorgeous views along the way.
I firmly believe that hard work is one of the most honorable character traits a person can have. Individuals who accomplish greatness are individuals who work hard. When life gets tough the tough get going. Hard work is an essential ingredient to success.
So, why then do some people put in massive amounts of hard work and stay stuck in their circumstances for years? Doesn't work and effort = success. Increase the work and increase the output? Our level of effort is proportional to our progress or return Right?