Successful people don’t value effort or work or time spent on an activity; they value the results. Unsuccessful individuals attach great importance to the time they spend at work and their attempts at getting results – even if nothing happens.
The only difference here is connected to the concept of being unreasonable.
Let’s face it: Like it or not, the results are all that matter. If you “attempt” to take out the trash but only make it to your front hall, garbage will continue to accumulate in your home-and you will have a problem. Until you become completely, unreasonably fixated with only getting results, you will fall short of achieving what you desire. Quit patting yourself on the back for trying, and save your rewards and accolades for actual accomplishment. Drive yourself so that no one else has to. Be hard on yourself and never let yourself off the hook until you get results. Results (not efforts) – regardless of the challenges, resistance, and problems – are a primary focus on the successful. To achieve results means to achieve success.
Grant Cardone, International Sales Training Expert and NY Times Best-Selling Author