The Grind - Working For What's Most Important To You. / by Benjamin Steele

Blog #3

When I hear the word "grind", I think of the football field. I think of players sweaty, bloody, tired, working, pushing, pulling and tackling. I think of the hundreds of hours that go into preparing for that first game in a season. I'm sure that all of us would agree that most football players, especially those at the collegiate and professional level, really do work hard for their positions on the field. Professional athletes in general, seem to work incredibly hard to do what they do. When they say, "I play football for a living", what they're really saying is, "I work really, really hard for my living". I believe that running your own business is the same.

When you own your own business, you are only going to be as successful as your work ethic. Just like a boxer before he goes into the ring to fight, you are not going to be able to win the match unless you've put literally everything on the table. As I have launched my own business as a college student, I have developed a very personal relationship with "the grind" that exists in business. To be honest, it's one of my favorite parts. Even now as I type this blog, I'm sick due to lack of sleep and my eyes are sometimes closing on me, but still I'm happy. It's the hard work, in pursuit of a dream that brings me satisfaction.

Growing up there was a quote that my Mother hung from the wall in our upstairs bathroom. The quote was from marathoner Juma Ikangaa of Tanzania. He said, "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." I can only reiterate how true this principle is. No matter how much you dream, you will only be able to achieve if you're first willing to work. When I saw this quote as a high school student, I would have thought of it in reference to running cross country or playing lacrosse, but now I see it relates to all aspects of life. If you want something, you are going to have to work for it. If you want to run a business and be successful, you are going to have to work for it.

Although I am not someone to usually flaunt religious opinion on others, I want to end this post with a scripture from The Book of Mormon. It's a relatively long verse, so please bear with me. It comes from the final verse in the book of Enos and reads, "And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen." I believe that if we live this life to the very best of our ability, despite what religion we are a part of, that there will come a time of total satisfaction and peace. I believe that we will all one day see Christ and experience this tender moment with him.

God bless and keep working hard for what you believe in,

Ben