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Success...It's Not Complicated.

Tom Tognoli Success Not Complicated

We probably see it here in the innovation capital of the world,the Silicon Valley, more than any place else on the planet. People coming up with a complicated solution to avoid doing hard work. I see it every day, in every business, in every part of life. We've got roombas to vacuum your house for you, medication to get rid of your muffin top, websites and other technology to generate business without you having to make a call, shake a hand or knock on a door. Technology, the internet, CRMs, websites, name it and someone will sell you a quick fix for all of your problems if you are willing to pay for it with money, not time.

I am here to tell you that technology and innovation are valuable, but they do not replace good old fashioned hard work. If you want to be successful at anything in life, if you want to get better in any area of your F5 – Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness & Finance you need to accept and be willing to do the hard work, even when you don’t feel like it.

I have the privilege of spending time with some pretty amazing people. People who are talented and wildly successful. Unfortunately, I see more people with just as much talent who fail miserably.


Successful people are willing to endure the pain of doing whatever it takes. They will do whatever is necessary to win while those who are not successful aren’t. Successful people use innovation and technology as a tool to help them win, but they know that to be successful requires hard work, discipline and the willingness to do what most will not.

How do you think your work ethic/schedule compares to Tim Cook of Apple, Reed Hastings of Netflix, Larry Ellison of Oracle, etc.? Think they are just lucky?

People think the gap between failure and massive success is huge, the truth is, it’s typically only inches. What lies in those inches is discipline, hard work, and no excuses. What lies in those inches is what only a small percentage of our population is willing to do. Are you willing to do it? Really?!

Get to work!