When Do You Start Working?

Dear Son, I'm mindful that success comes with a price. So does selling yourself short.

The work day begins the night before.¬†That may seem a bit compulsive or addictive. (maybe it is) Or, it’s what’s required to be world class.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    See, that’s the thing. The world sees only the results – the end product – and evaluates accordingly. And if you did your homework – the prep work – it may come across as appearing effortless.

    That’s a lesson I am trying to teach my boys as well. I use an illustration with them that you will find very near and dear to you. People don’t wake up one day and say, “Today, I am going to run a marathon” without any prep work. A rare few may pull it off, but by and large, the results will not be world class. It may not even be average. Almost all will not finish. Why? They weren’t ready.


  2. Bob, great insight, “they weren’t ready”. The long way is the short cut.
    There are two kinds of world class…results and effort.
    It’s critical to keep in mind that world class has those two categories.
    I may never run a world record, but I do give a world-class effort to get and stay healthy… day in, day out, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade…until I die.

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