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Putting in an “Honest Effort”

Even though you are not a native speaker and you have possibly never heard this term, I’m guessing you can guess what an honest effort means.

An honest effort, is when you actually try your best at something.  Only YOU know when you are trying your best, so only YOU know if you are putting in an honest effort.

When I was a young kid, my parents, teachers, and coaches were always telling us how important it is to try our best at whatever we do.  I’ll have to admit, I never realized how truly important this was until pretty recently.  I believe that part of the reason was that I was afraid to believe this.  I didn’t want it to be true.  For me personally, I almost fantasize about a successful and happy life without needing to put in a full effort.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want or expect success with no effort.  I guess it’s just that I hoped that hard work wasn’t so important for success.  I somehow wish that intelligence and great ideas were more important than they are.

I kind of hoped that hard work was something that was just for the “stupid” or the “average” people.  I wanted to be more creative, more thoughtful, and attain success from simply having better ideas than the ideas of the typical “hard workers”.

But the truth is that when I think about all the people I know in my own life who are successful at anything, hard and consistent work is almost always the biggest reason.  The most successful people I know are not the smartest people, and they aren’t the most talented either.  But they are the hardest working people.  Even if their ideas and plans aren’t that amazing, they end up succeeding at almost anything they do because they keep working hard no matter what the situation looks like, and they never give up.  If their first plan doesn’t work, they try something else and work even harder.

This is true for people who are successful in business, in relationships, in learning a new language, in fitness, in pretty much anything. Hard work is insanely important for success.  You can make all the excuses you want, and many of your excuses might even make sense, but the real truth is pretty simple; if you want more success in your life, then you need to work harder than you are now.

This blog is supposed to be a little “kick in the pants” for anyone reading this.  It’s a wake up call.  I know you’d like to improve many areas of your life, and your English level is just one of them; and it’s a very important one too.  Even if you already know a lot of what I’m saying, I just hope this wakes you up a little bit.  You need to study harder.  You need to be more consistent with your studying. You know that you need to improve your English, and I hope this blog helps you realize that you shouldn’t waste even one more day procrastinating and making excuses.  Life is short, and we have no time to waste.

For a great way (the best way) to improve your English, try our VIP community.  I’ve been uploading awesome documentaries, books, and now some full length awesome audio books.  When I was in Canada, I read a lot of really great books, and I’m sharing the best ones with you guys in this VIP community.  I’ll keep them there and keep adding more stuff I know you’ll love.  I just uploaded one of the best and most famous books ever about psychology and improvement.  This will absolutely help your English and your life. It’s in there now :)

Of course, the China232 VIP room is pretty sick as well.  Do you know that Add and I already have more than 211 VIP podcasts in there?  If you study all those lessons, you’ll have unbelievable English in less than 90 days.  Just sayin…

Love to hear your thoughts and comments as usual :)  Did this post help motivate you to get off your butt and start working harder?

17 Responses to “Putting in an “Honest Effort””

  1. olga Says:

    Hello,
    I shouldn´t write here, but otherwise I don´t get an answer from you. Since one week I´m officially vip, and logged in as vip, but the problem is the same, i can´t use the vip stuff, why this? The worst is you ignore my problem totally…why this? I would really like to use Vip, it´s not fair you ignore it

  2. china232 Says:

    Olga,

    I’m very sorry about your problem! I didn’t see your email because it was in my spam folder. Anyway, I just sent you an email trying to answer you about how to deal with your membership. Please just email again if you have any other problems and I’ll try and figure it out.

    Add

  3. sara Says:

    all recent blogs were great.thanks so much for them.

  4. Sol Says:

    Hi Dad, I really appreciate your honest effort, it really

    shows!My son will be delighted with this response and podcasts !Awesome!

    Thanks,

    Warmly!hoping to have more of these interesting mails!
    Wow!bye!

  5. Maikow Says:

    Very inspiring stuff! I’ve just read the text and it was what I needed for today. Even if we’re walking on the success path, we eventually pass through setbacks and hard times. The way we face these moments is what separates losers from winners! We have no time to waste complainig, we must be better today than we were yesterday! While I’m complaining, other people are working harder then me to attain what they want. I thank you guys for these insights on psychological stuff!

  6. hieuvm Says:

    couldn’t agree with you anymore, and it’ll be amazing if you can work hard and smart also.

  7. Amanda Says:

    What you said about the successful people is indeed very true… every successful person I know worked hard to get where they are. One more motivation to keep on fighting for my dreams and, especially, working very hard! I also have/had the idea that to spend too much time working it’s too lose precious time but, when you actually love what you doing, you aren’t losing time – you are building something to yourself, something that brings fulfillment and joy! Thank you so much for the post and for the blog!

  8. Val Says:

    I know that there is stereotype about working hard in order to succeed. I also know that I had the same ideas as you, Andy. I thought that as I am so talented and creative, have so high IQ-level and self-development is my biggest passion, I definitely have to succeed. But it didn’t really happen. I can’t say that I’m as successful and happy as I think I deserve to be…
    But I don’t completely agree with you on the point you made in this article. Maybe because I have other experience. Many of the people I consider successful are not either intelligent or really hard working… For example, all my former bosses. So it’s hard to say what the secret of success is. Sometimes this’s luck, sometimes these are some personal traits of the person, but intelligence and hard-working, unfortunately, can’t always guarantee that you’ll be successful.
    Anyway, it’s always a good idea to work harder!

    P.S. Andy, please, reply to my letter about VIP community membership.

  9. hoda Says:

    you just put your finger on my long-lived problem. thank you for your insightful blog.

  10. salam Says:

    true, working hard can help you to achieve some part of what you want in your life. But I know a lot of people who are nor hard worker and intelligent either and they reached good positions in their work. The reason behind that was their personnel relations with their supervisors and their characters or personal traits. It happens so many times that you work hard and you don’t have a good relationship with the concerned people so you might not get any advance in your work. Luck and personal relation have bigger effect.

  11. Elham Says:

    I agree with you in this, hard and consistent work is almost always the biggest reason of everyone who I can see is a successful person, and of course not being disappointed.

    Thank you guys for sharing your idea with others.

  12. negar,iran Says:

    it was really inspiring and insightful.
    but as i know myself,it would keep in my mind and has useful impact just for a few days.in order to apply these great ideas about honest effort in my life,i think,there is a need to get on blog and read this post more than once!
    Thanks Andy.

  13. Yuri Says:

    Thank you for this blog. I’ve read it with a great interest and even resent it to my son’s e-mail, hoping, that it will be useful for him to read and think about.

  14. stefano ingiosi Says:

    IT’S A VERY INTERESTING SUBJECT.I AGREE WITH YOU BECAUSE IF YOU WORK HARD ON SOMETHING YOU CAN REACH BETTER RESULTS AND LITTLE BY LITTLE I THINK YOU LEARN TO NEVER GIVE UP WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
    PS:BECAUSE I DIDN’T RECEIVE ANY ANSWER,I’D REALLY LIKE YOU HELP ME.I SIGNED UP AS VIP MEMBER BUT WHEN I PAID THEN I DIDN’T RETURN TO YOUR SITE TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION.NOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.IS IT POSSIBLE TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  15. Kinga, 23, Poland Says:

    Thank u for this topic. I must confess that I was a little bit lazy during last week, but today I promise to myself I’m gonna studying much harder!

  16. sara Says:

    thank u very much for nice subject.I personally believe that to be hard working person is the first step for doing everything.It makes people progress in every field and in different situation.This is a very good point that the writer mentioned it.thank u.

  17. Lilala Says:

    Great thanks for bringing this topic to motivate people who are trying to achieve the best in any area.
    I believe that fortune favors the diligent but in the reality it’s just hard to make yourself be persistent in making effort as you want. Having said so, I’ve been feeling great that I’m on the right track to both my English study and workout in the past 2 weeks. After reading this, I’ll definitely keep it up. Thank you!

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