Hard Work vs Fate

Hard Work vs Fate

Hard Work vs Fate
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Several weeks ago, I penned a blog that began to address what I call a “one better choice mindset.”

I began with a question–how much closer to your goals would you be if you made one better choice each day?

Seems simple, doesn’t it? It is my belief that throughout the course of our day, we are presented with dozens of decisions, each of which allows us the opportunity to demonstrate what we prioritize.

In a nutshell, the choices that we make result in us either getting closer or further from obtaining our goals.

It can’t all just be about choices, right?

 For many students, one of the biggest hurdles is getting over the concept of fate.

Many believe that there is an invisible destiny that dictates their potential for obtaining success.

While this might provide you with a degree of comfort during difficult times, I want to challenge you to view your successes (or failures) as the product of effort and not just luck.

Urban Meyer, the current head football coach at the Ohio State University, discussed in his 2008 autobiography, Urban’s Way, the topic of fate.

Meyer, then the coach of the University of Florida and fresh off of winning the NCAA National Championship, shared some of his core beliefs about his plan to win in college and life.

While some may not like Meyer’s style or university affiliations, one cannot overlook his successes and his ability to maximize the potential of those he leads.

On the topic of achieving goals, Meyer asked “If you believe in fate, why do (people) work hard? Why not just hope fate takes over?”

Take a second to ponder what Meyer is asking here—his argument is that a person MUST work hard to achieve their goals and not just wait for fate to “take over.”

Put another way, success then is the product of a lot of hard work. If fate were the only catalyst, there would be no need to put in maximum effort. I think we can agree that that isn’t the case.

If this notion bothers you, let’s find a compromise.

If you believe that your success is the product of fate or destiny, why not work hard just in case?

What’s the worst that could happen?

I met with a student once who told me that whether they were going to pass an upcoming test was directly a result of fate or destiny.

This really struck me. I suggested to them, and thankfully they took my advice, that they should still study for the exam, regardless of whether fate had determined that they should pass.

What concerns me is when people choose to not put in great efforts because they believe that fate, or destiny, will save the day.

When striving to obtain your dreams, your regret should never be failing to put in maximum effort.

 Choosing to value effort over fate will serve you well throughout your college career.

You will form a habit of putting in effort that exceeds what is required and leaving little to doubt about whether you can achieve your goals.

Controlling your effort level is far more productive than waiting for fate to take over for you.

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Casey J. Cornelius, Founder of ForCollegeForLife, is a writer and speaker who is passionate about student success. He has spent more than a decade as a faculty member, advisor, administrator and mentor. Feel free to connect on his Facebook page, ForCollegeForLife, or on Twitter @4college4life. His work can be found weekly on UndergradSuccess and he serves as an educational expert and content contributor to GenYize.

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