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The Difference Between Being “Blessed” and Hard Work

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Give yourself some credit for all the work you do!

I recently had lunch with a fantastic woman that I have known for years who had reached out for some help as she evaluated her current career opportunities.  She said something that struck me as odd.  She thanked me for being willing to help her and told me she was “blessed” to have contacts like me and other colleagues that were willing to help her.

I looked at her with my head cocked sideways and said, “Blessed?  Being blessed didn’t establish this relationship. You and your hard work did!  If your last name was Rockefeller and I was here because of that, then you would be blessed.  I am here because of what you have achieved and your willingness to nurture a professional relationship over many years.”

She looked at me with wide eyes and then said softly, “Thank you for acknowledging that.”

Why can’t we give ourselves credit for what we do?  If you win the lottery (financial, genetic or otherwise), then I will buy that you are blessed.  However, if you have worked your ass off, you have worked your ass off.  Don’t discount that.


A special thanks to Liz Strauss and Alan Roby who always remind me of the same.



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Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is a judge on the Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) produced technology competition series, America's Greatest Makers, airing on TBS and Host of Microsoft's Office Small Business Academy show. Previously, Carol was the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country, and a contributor to CNBC, as well as a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and other stations. Carol's multimedia commentary covers business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics. Carol has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. She is a Top 100 Small Business Influencer (2011-2015) and has her own action figure. Twitter: @CarolJSRoth