Good things come to those who wait.


I think that needs a tweak.

How about…

Good things come to those who work.

Change three letters = huge impact.


Waiting’s ok. I agree that patience is a virtue.

But honestly, how long can you keep waiting for something to change when you know the secret is to get on and do the work?

I’m fundamentally lazy. I need to create projects, ideas, tools and techniques to encourage me to take action.


Here are five ideas I have front of mind.

I hope they create some sparks and excite you about doing the work:

Learning and Growth Opportunities:

Work provides a platform for continuous learning and skill development, allowing you to expand your knowledge and expertise.

Creativity and Innovation:

Many jobs involve creative problem-solving and innovation, allowing you to express your ideas and find novel solutions. It could be argued that there is nothing like hard work to develop your creativity.

Personal Accomplishment:

Completing tasks, projects and goals at work can bring a sense of achievement and pride, boosting self-confidence.

Making a Difference:

Many jobs contribute to making a positive impact on individuals, communities, or even the world at large, providing a sense of purpose and fulfilment. There’s nothing quite like saying, ‘I did that’.

The Money!

If you add value you’ll be paid. Provide a lot of value and you’re paid… more!

What are the ideas, motivations and strategies you use to take action and do the work? Please share them below.

Be Brilliant!


  1. September 7th 2023 by Simon Lowe

    I keep a diary of what I do, Michael!

  2. September 7th 2023 by Nicki Neilon

    Agree except for your last point…it’s not always about the money! Maybe it’s just about the reward of doing a good job?
    I worked hard for many years in the public sector and was very successful but the money was never great, nor a key motivator! (Or maybe I was just too lazy to go self-employed!? )
    I retired early but continue to use my professional expertise through volunteering work and still get the same buzz and sense of satisfaction or reward from helping others to reach their goals. I may not be rich, but I have a better quality of life without all the politics, deadlines and hassle of working for a large organisation. And who knows, now I might even find time to write that book!!!😁😁

  3. September 7th 2023 by Louise Bourdon

    I write everything down that I want to do and get done. then I tick each thing as I do them. I allow myself for example a couple of hours,that way I have the rest of the day to write my book. 🙂 works brilliantly

  4. September 8th 2023 by David Spear

    Motivation came early in my life when deciding I wasn’t going to get anywhere working for someone else. Maybe my generation was blessed when it wasn’t deemed imperative to go to university. Unlike today, uni was reserved for those heading into medicine or law or suchlike. The end result is much the same today as it was back then, with the prime objective to make money. Todays degrees don’t do that but give the respondent a false sense have having already reach their goal, even though they might be still in their early twenties. No motivation with most blaming others for their wasted years. Motivation comes from wanting to be better… to tax ones abilities, not waiting for the clock to strike ‘hometime’. It’s up to the individual who wants more than his neighbour/friends/family. To go the extra mile when all have retired for the night. Be careful though… the saying goes ‘The early bird catches the worm’ but there is a psotscript to this saying…’The early worm gets eaten by the bird’.

  5. September 8th 2023 by Alan Rafferty

    Something was nagging me about your post which only clarified in my mind about half an hour ago. The original quote is Biblical and like a lot of quotes from the Bible is not complete and so has changed meaning. The full quote is, ‘Good things come to those who wait upon the Lord.’ In other words those who serve God.

    This is also interesting.

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