There is all this talk about how to be successful you have to work your butt off, and for those that don’t like the sound of hard work; you have to work smart. This is all fine and dandy combined with a bit of luck you should go fine and go far in life. Having said that, no one wants to see you struggle! Nobody gives a damn that you spent 10 to 14 hours at work putting tons of overtime. No one wants to hear of all the sacrifices you made or how you’re always busy. That excites no one and people just look at you like you are just a fool stuck in the rat race of life. Sure, some might call you ambitious or hard working and respect you for that if you pull it off right but it won’t be worth it.

Through my years of school, there was always that kid who made it seem like he never tried and always got good marks and then there were those peasants who worked all the time, and talked about how much they studied yet only received average grades. I used to feel indifferent to the latter and disliked the former but as I got older my image of them changed. The guy who did well in school and made it look easy did work hard, and he learned all the tricks of the trade but he never showed it. He made it look effortless without a single drop of blood, sweat or a tear. That’s poetry in motion. The latter group would always be studying, always talking about school and how stressed he or she was with what assignment and annoying as hell. I don’t even know why I put myself through the torture of acknowledging such a person’s existence. They don’t bring anything to the table, they have no grace, no class no nothing. Just a bunch of inbreds. These people are also always the most unpleasant to deal with, especially if they are stressed. No one cares if you are stressed; you’re never supposed to show it. Treating others poorly because you are stressed is just the about the worst thing you can do. People remember negative interactions much more than the positive ones. They will assume you LACK SELF CONTROL, a key ingredient for success.

Especially with school, you know you suck at life when you get stressed out about school of all the things. I could probably count on one hand the number of hours I was stressed because of school yet I still maintained my composure throughout it. It’s funny to seeing people stressed out about school, how are you going to handle anything else in life? I’m not speaking from experience but I’m sure it will be much harder than a few courses here and there that you can manage with a bit of effort and planning ahead.

Just look at Tracy McGrady, half the fun in watching him play was because he made everything look so effortless. The guy never broke a sweat and with that lazy eye, it looked like he was never trying. If it wasn’t for his injuries that really destroyed his career this guy could have been an all-time great. He made it work. Now we all know for a fact that he worked his tail off every single day from being a no name high school recruit to an NBA superstar but he never showed it. That was his charm and the reason why he was so well liked by everyone. There are obviously better players, don’t get me wrong but few have done it like him.

It’s like a magic show; no one wants to know the tricks of the trade. They know it’s not real but they want to believe what their eyes are showing them. That the impossible has just came true. The how did he do that? How did he make it look so easy? That’s why magic shows are such a hit.

So what’s the purpose of this article? Work your tail off, work harder and smarter than you ever have. Find something you love and chase it without holding anything back blah blah blah.
Just don’t show or tell people about all the blood, sweat and tears you put into it. Don’t ever show you have problems. Handle stress smartly and don’t let anyone else see it. Always be pleasant, you’re not allowed to have a bad day. If are having one, you can’t show it. You want to create an enigma, you can’t let people figure out your secret.

They can try to guess it but they will never know.

Uzair AhmedComment