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Find Your Grind

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In the modern world it seems as if everyone thinks that the way to find success is to “hack” your way to it.  People talk of hacking the system.  They discuss growth hacking as if somehow the basic task of actually doing work can magically be bypassed. It is deemed better to game the system rather than hunker down and simply get work done.

What I’ve found in life is that at the end of the day all success comes from the “grind”.  The relentless, day in and day out, production of product.  Realistically the business idea is only a minuscule fraction of what is required to be successful.  Once you’ve come up with your great idea you need to put your head down and start replicating the creation of your product thousands or millions of times.  The idea of building a computer repair business is simple, repairing thousands of computers is a slog.  The idea of creating online education is nothing compared to actually producing thousands of hours of content.  The idea of has no value if I don’t churn out countless blog posts over the next few years. The grind is not simply valuable, realistically it is the most valuable component of your endeavor.

This is a huge concept that too many people blithely overlook.  They believe that with a degree, or a position at a company that they will simply ascend into success through due course.  The truth is that the people that slog through and grind the most are the ones that will be rewarded the most.  If you have one person that goes home every night and takes the time to experiment or take extra training and another person that simply clocks out and hangs out with their friends it will be the first person who finds the greater success.

But to really grind, to really strive, you must be dedicated to your goal in a way that is deeper than worrying about a paycheck.  You have to find the grind that you will happily perform even when there are other things you can be doing.  You need to find the grind you will care about even when you are off the clock.

Everyone has their own grind.  Everyone has their own passions.  The more inline you make your passions with your career the easier it will to be successful.

For myself I am an explorer.  I learn, and think because I find new thoughts and concepts interesting.  By relaying those thoughts to people in positions of authority I have found that I am given entrance into places and get to meet people that I didn’t even know existed before hand. This gives me new thoughts to ponder, and ideas to throw out which then opens more doors. By nature I’m curious, and by sharing what I learn I get to learn more.  This is my grind.

I write this  as I sit in an amazing area of Colorado while I’m on an extraordinary trip.  The residual revenue of my YouTube Channels and savings will last a few years, and yet I’m still here plugging away at a computer writing posts and improving not because it’s paying the bills, or because I have to in the way that most people think you have to work, but rather because this is the grind I’m called to.  I need to learn, and to learn more I need to share my knowledge, and for the cycle to continue I must give myself to the grind.

When you find the grind that you are called to everything becomes exponentially easier… What task would you be happy replicating a million times?


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Andre McDearmon June 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you for all the work-“grind” that you do Eli!

    Let us know when your going to be in Chicago for the Silicon Traveler that your doing! I would love to talk to you about business!



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