When you read this post title, what came to mind? Something new, innovative and creative that will solve every business persons, entrepreneurs or students troubles? Well, in a way it can! But it’s not something new, innovative or creative, although not many people are willing to do this. The secret of success is hard work. Not hard work one day and you might consider starting where you left off a week later. Hard work day in and day out creating the results you want.
Greg, from sbishere, writes:
Business is hard work. You work hard, make some headway start to feel like you are starting to figure it out, and go to bed. You wake up in the morning and are greeted by more, work.
This type of mentality is what sets the successful people apart from the people who just get by. There is nothing wrong with getting by, don’t get me wrong.
But there is something wrong with getting by, wanting something more and not doing anything about it.
When talent meets desire and hard work, anything is possible. Steve Pavlina defines hard work in his blog by defining ?hard work? as work that is challenging. Both hard work and ?working hard? (i.e. putting in the time required to get the job done) are required for success. In his post, Hard Work, he writes:
Why challenging work? Because challenging work, when intelligently chosen, pays off. It?s the work that people of lesser character will avoid. And if you infer that I?m saying people who avoid challenging work have a character flaw, you?re right? and a serious one at that. If you avoid challenging work, you avoid doing what it takes to succeed. To keep your muscles strong or your mind sharp, you need to challenge them. To do only what?s easy will lead to physical and mental flabbiness and very mediocre results, followed by a great deal of time and effort spent justifying why such flabbiness is OK, instead of stepping up and taking on some real challenges.
The bottom line that Greg, Steve and I all agree on is that there is no replacing hard work. In order to achieve success and excellence, working hard, challenging your self, and having the right motivation is the secret.
To end, I will leave you with a quote from Vince Lombardi: “Winning is not a sometimes thing, it’s an all the time thing.” The same is true with hard work. You don’t do it once in a while, you do it all the time.