“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright
I came across that quote Sunday while visiting the Meyer May House, built by Frank Lloyd Wright. This man was on to something. When striving toward a goal it’s important to break it down in key elements in order to make it easier to conquer our goals. I would add a relationship with God, but we’ll get to that later.
According to Wright, in order to be successful we need to be the following: dedicated, hard working, and devoted. Those three words are general so I’m going to break down even further the three things you need to be in order to achieve success according to Wright.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
If you really want to succeed at whatever your goal is, you must dedicate yourself to it. I don’t know about you, but every time I’ve done something without putting in my full effort and abilities, it never turns out the way I want it to. Whether you’re working towards a successful job, relationship, or any goal, put your whole heart into it and give thanks. Dedicated your time, your blood, sweat, and tears. You don’t want to be left feeling you couldn’t have done more. If you give your goals your best shot and in the name of the Lord, you will know without doubt you did the absolute best you could, no matter what happens.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23a
Secondly, no matter what your goal is, hard work is mandatory. There is no way you’ll be successful at anything in this life, or the next, if you don’t put in hard work. A common thread of the biographies I’ve read is just how much hard work goes into being a success. Sometimes you meet people who appear to have simply fallen into the perfect job or relationship or situation. It might seem like opportunities just fall into some people’s laps, but you can’t know what the real circumstances and trials those people have experienced. Often those opportunities took hard work to get to and/or they are merely jumping off points for lots of hard work to come. It’s not easy to work hard at something that’s not a guarantee, but it’s always worth it to exercise faith.
Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart. Proverbs 3:3
To be devoted is very similar to being dedicated, yet slightly different. One part of devotion is loyalty. You must be loyal to your goal. Other things will come up. The enemy will present challenges as you’re working towards your goal, but you have to stay focused, no matter what difficulties you face. Life is always going to be filled with unexpected trials, and they may get in the way of your goal momentarily, but stay focused. Distractions shouldn’t necessarily be ignored, but they should be set aside in favor of your original goal. Keep your eye on the prize and, with all of your hard work and dedication, you’ll be able to turn the dream you’re devoted to into a reality.
Wright obviously achieved great success in his field and was on to something when he chose these three factors. I’m adding pray without ceasing … first.