“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”

Napoleon Hill

The truth about effort in a nutshell.

Far too often, just as one is on the brink of a breakthrough, achievement, excellence or success – it can all come to a screeching halt.

For lack of “want to” – to simply finish.

The momentum crushing second guess.

A face-saving – but self-defeating – excuse.

And just plain quit.

Fostered by a covert network of communications  between the heart and the mind.  The internal bandwidth that can conspire to impede, alter or delete effort.


And as Mr. Hill put it, forestall its full reward.

The truly significant rewards for your efforts do not magically appear once you have achieved your goals.

They make themselves known throughout the entire journey.  Appearing in the form of faith, perseverance, fortitude and character.

Traits that are largely present within.

Yet, traits that can need to be roused.



Through  committed and sustained effort.

In time, with effort, they can become the habits leading to excellence.

The path you are meant to take.

On your intended trajectory.

And therein, friends, lay effort’s true and lasting reward.



Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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