Shut up and work!

Shut up and work. We all get frustrated. We feel impatient. We feel discouraged. We try to shift the pieces so they make sense. The belief that the world is a puzzle for you to decode is discouraging, de-motivating and just plain inaccurate. Shut up and work. All that noise feels like progress, but in actuality becomes wasted energy.

The bottom line is to do what you are good at. And do it a lot. Never stop. Don’t get too hung up on the results of the work because the act of working consistently with commitment yields progressively improving results. The act of work creates opportunities and is the birthplace of innovation. Trust that putting your energy into something will lead you to where you need to go. Shut up and work.

Stop trying to second guess your progress. Stop talking yourself out of taking chances. Stop placing judgment on the validity or value of your work. Stop fighting the richness of your capacity. Shut up and work.

If you’re good at what you do, you’ll get better. If you’re great at what you do, it will show. Do what you are good at. And do it a lot. Never stop. Shut up and work.

Nothing will fall in your lap. Keep your eyes open for opportunities and act on them. Nobody owes you any favors. It’s up to you and me to shut up and work.

~Alex Raffi serves as partner for Imagine Communications.

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