Pushing Hard Is The Only Way Excellence Will Prevail What if the North had not worked harder to free slaves? Some called them zealots. Pushing hard can be interpreted as being pushy or, as being focused. The difference is the intent. The downside is that the behavior often is identical. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.