When an"E" for Effort Means Something…

cuban 

... or rather Everything!

(Let me start by saying that I have largely laughed at Mark Cuban's attempts over the past year to position himself as part of the technorati.  His posts about P2P and HDNet have a self-serving tone and don't seem to "connect" with anything with which I am involved.)

However...

Cuban's latest post on effort hit home on some thoughts I had already been having about how to measure success.  I had been specifically introspective over whether it was delusional to use  current effort as the measure of future success.  Could I make the case that working hard would in time lead to my expectations?  And what were the chances of success per unit of effort expended?  Was effort in the context of success even formulaic?

Cuban went a slightly different direction from what I was originally thinking, but he wrapped up my concept of the effort to success ratio by offering the simple thesis that effort is that all that is within our control

I AGREE!  Effort is the single life factor that each of us has within our solitary control. 

  • We can't control what others do to us or for us... 
  • We can't guarantee "fairness" or "due process"...
  • We can't even alter our own life timeline...

There is quite a lot that I will never be able to control.  I can, however, control the spirit with which I execute my existence. And so because it is all I can really control, I will control it to the best of my being, and believe that one day an "E" for "effort" will be a most fitting preamble to my success.