What does it mean to grind it out? The “Grind” is a very popular mantra with many modern motivational leaders and entrepreneurs. Hustle and Grind. You hear these terms all the time, regardless if you’re listening to a fitness expert or a sales trainer. But what does it mean to truly grind it out? Learn how grinding it out can change your life and your career.

You Must Be All In, 100% Committed

First of all being able to grind it out requires that you’re all in. You must be completely committed. If you’re not, it will be nearly impossible for you to stick with whatever you’re doing amidst major challenge or set back. You may be able to handle one or two challenges. But if you’re not truly all in and committed, eventually you will give up on your pursuit. You’ll allow excuses to ruin your chances. Don’t do this. Part of grinding it out is digging in deep and staying with something even when times get tough and you want to quit.

If you decide to do something, if you truly want something in your life, go for it and be all in. When a failure or a major challenge show up along the way, being all in will force you to find a way to keep grinding. Make no other option available for yourself. Burn the ships as they say. Go All In, and regardless of what you are faced with for hurdles, remember to keep grinding.

You Either Win Or Die Trying

Being all in also requires you be true to yourself and who you really are. You have to understand that the only thing you can control is yourself. You have to take full responsibility for everything you do, every choice that you make. Don’t be a victim of life, playing a victim harms your ability to reach your true potential. It stunts your growth. The victim is always a victim, and never a victor.

You have to be your own biggest fan, and be true to who you are. Throughout life, you will have mentors. If you don’t have any now, you should find some. Find someone or a few people that are successful in life and that you admire. Pick mentors that are much more successful than you are. Choose mentors that you will likely not outgrow anytime soon. You may find yourself imitating these mentors in certain ways. But, remember to always make everything your own. Be genuine.

Trust Your Instincts, Especially About Other People

Be mindful of your sales career, know who you should and shouldn’t be spending your time with. I try to remember something a friend told me years ago. He said, “Only a Fool Doesn’t Listen.” It’s true, you would be a fool to not listen to opportunity when it’s presented to you in your career. Just remember the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. There is no substitution for hard work. Watch out for scams and big promises! In your sales career, you will need other people if you are to be successful at the highest levels. Even for the most independent sales professional, there is support staff that keep the sales machine moving forward. If you can get everyone in your life on the same page with you, it makes achieving your goals that much faster. When the people who are closest to you understand your commitment level, and compliment that with their attitudes and actions, it makes it easier for you to reach your potential. Regardless, you need to take full responsibility for the people in your life, make sure they understand where you’re coming from. You cannot be all in on something and have someone in your immediate circle like a husband or wife for instance that is not. It won’t work.

Don’t Try To Figure Everything Out All At Once

Maybe you just want to reach a certain income level right now. Or, you may want to one day be known as one of greatest in your industry. Maybe you just want to be successful financially so you have more time to spend doing the things you love to do, with the people you love the most. Whatever your goals are, don’t spend all your time trying to figure everything out. TAKE ACTION! It’s no secret, all the successful people we admire say you have to take massive action if you want to be massively successful in life. Taking normal levels of activity will not create amazing results. So many times we want to figure it out first and perfect our plan before we act. We fear we will fail if we don’t have it all figured out first. What you need to do is just take action. Just get started on whatever it is you want to accomplish in your career and life.

Grinding It Out Means You’re Relentless, You Never Quit

You don’t even consider the idea of quitting. When you make a mistake, when you get set back by something or someone, you just find a way to keep moving forward. You regroup and find a better way, and you learn from your mistakes. However, what is better than learning from making mistakes, is learning from the mistakes of others. Part of grinding it out is studying others and always being a student. If you want to make more sales, you need to study how to sell. If you want more money, you need to understand money so it doesn’t avoid you and leave you easily. If you want better relationships with people, studying human behavior and relationships would be beneficial. The greatest in any field are constant students, never too proud to learn something new, or learn a better or more efficient way to do something.

Don’t be afraid to put in the time, and do the hard work. Anything worth doing, anything that will bring great reward to you, will require hard work and probably some patience on your part. Often times we look at successful people and assume they were lucky, that their success was easy. We don’t know about all the hard work, the failures, the times they were told no or doubted themselves before they finally became successful. Often the super successful are regular people like you and me that just simply believed in what they were doing, they refused to quit,  and then they had their breakthrough.

Many Times People Miss Their Breakthrough By Quitting Just Before Their Big Break Comes

Please, don’t let this happen to you. Don’t sell yourself short by giving up on yourself. Always look for one more way to give it another try. The only way you can fail in life is if you quit. Don’t quit, persist relentlessly. Grind it out! This is especially important to remember in sales. If you are new to sales, you will want to remember that rejection is part of the game, and it’s not personal. Keep moving forward. Every no you hear brings you closer to hearing a yes. If you are doing your best, and you have the proper training, then it’s just a matter of persistence. The more stick-with-it-ness you have in sales, the more successful you will be. I have seen new salespeople come in and have a very hard time with this. Rejection can be hard for certain people. They take it personally. When someone says no to you in sales, you have to remember they are saying no to your offer, not to you. Many times all this no requires in order to make it a yes, is the willingness to stay in there and keep working hard to get a yes.

Nothing Great Can Be Achieved Without The Ability To Grind It Out

Grinding it out doesn’t have to be seen as something that is bad, or dreadful. Grinding it out means you have found a passion within yourself to put your best effort into everything you do. You have come to a place where you refuse to settle for less than you deserve. You can decide right now that you refuse to be one of those people that just dream about what they want but never gets to experience it. Be determined, commit, go all in and decide to get everything life has to offer you. Use your unique abilities and talents that God gave you to go out into the marketplace and get your piece of the pie. Bring value to everything you do. The ultimate goal is to get yourself to a point in life where you can have true freedom,  where you can choose how you spend your time.

Wrapping it all up!

So the goal is to get yourself to a point where you do everything on your terms, and you do it with intent. Even if you’re not doing exactly what you want to be doing right now, you can choose to take responsibility for that, be awesome at what you are doing, and take steps towards what you truly want. You can choose. You have free will. You have one life to live so you have to take action on this now! Grind it out every day. Each day get the most out of life that you can. Be willing to grind and do whatever it takes to reach your goals, to be yourself and stay true to you. The people you are around will respect you because you are genuine, you are real. Your choices won’t always be right, and you’ll never be perfect. However, refuse to quit. Take that option off the table. Commit to making it work, and grinding it out no matter what. You will find the freedom, and the success you are looking for in life if you do.

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Riaz Shah · February 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Hey Scott,
This article is very motivational to me, I used to churn content every single day for my blog but after taking a break to finish up a project of mine which took me a month, i started feeling lazy to blog.

I picked up my keyboard and it felt like forever to type even a single measly word. There’s no other way to reaching success than to grind it. Thanks for the awesome article man, looking forward to reading your future posts!

    Scott · February 24, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I really appreciate the kind words, Riaz! Keep at it, stay motivated, and it will come! I’d love to check out some of your work, where can I find it?

Anh Nguyen · February 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Hey Scott,

Thank you for this inspiring post. I’m doing online marketing and that’s not so different from sales, as in I can see how the grind will do me good. Sometimes it’s definitively hard to motivate yourself but I’ve found it’s by showing up everyday and chipping at it that you get somewhere, not by some grandiose miracle.

Thanks for sharing. 🙂


    Scott · February 24, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Spot on, Anh! Thank you for your thoughts. Motivation can be a hard thing to maintain at times, but having a clear vision of where you want to go in life and what you want to achieve makes it easier to stay the course!

    Here’s a popular post to help, Enjoy!

Blame · February 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

Life is like that. We don’t see immediate results and we automatically feel discouraged and want to give up. You are right about grinding. You have to keep going until you reach a breaking point in order to succeed. This applies to almost everything life that’s worth pursuing. So far, I have almost never heard of anything with great value that can be attained and retained without huge amounts of efforts and dedications. Of course, like you said you don’t have to play it solo. Find someone that share the same goals and keep moving forward with combined energy. Thanks man. It’s quite inspirational.

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