The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period.
You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.
– Will Smith (interview with Tavis Smiley. Quote starts at 4:16)
Gotta love Will Smith for the straight talk. The fact is, most people aren’t willing to work hard enough to get what they want. I’m not saying that there aren’t systematic challenges that put certain folks at great disadvantage when it comes to reaching certain goals – but that doesn’t negate the fact that most of the time, people just don’t try hard enough.