Success in business is about setting goals and achieving them, and the secret, as many people will agree, is hard work. All the successful people work very hard.
In the preceding post, I talked briefly about the three key to be successful in business, and I said if you really want to be successful, put hard work at the top of your goals list. Because, if you are a hard worker, you automatically do the other 2 things that lead to success in business: you will improve yourself and you will persist.
I know that a lot of our readers will think, “ah, another post about work! Why doesn’t they tell us the real secret to success?”. The answer is simple: Hard work is a real secret for success.
Life is though
Hard work and success go hand in hand because nothing is offered on a silver platter; which means that people have to keep trying to succeed. Rupert Murdoch says, “It’s all hard work. Nothing comes easily”. Martha Stewart says “I’m real hard worker. I work and work and work all the time”. Jim Pattison, chairman of Jim Pattison group says “Business is my recreation. I’d rather go to our factories and meet with our people, than go to the beach”. Bill Gates is a hard worker. Even after he was a multi-millionaire he worked most night until 10 p.m. Oprah Winfrey is hard worker. She says, “I would never see daylight. I’d come into work at 5:30 in the morning when it was dark and leave 7:00 or 8:00 when it was dark.”
I’m a hard worker. Over the years, I’ve gone through many days and even weeks without much sleep, just because I want to grow my business and achieve success.
I have finished my thesis in image and signal processing — the sub-field of Computer Science — at the French National Institute of Research on Computer Sciences (INRIA) France and the University of Rabat Morocco. I am also a co-founder of Intensify Studio, the world-class native iOS and Watch apps development services, which is focused in creating applications for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. We help small and big companies create their own apps with very small budget and also help them grow their business and reach people all over the world.
In actual sense, there are so many challenges in life that only hardworking people can overcome them. This explains why there are very few successful people in the world today.
I going to admit, at times like that you say to yourself, “Am I the only one working this hard?” Because there’s a myth it comes easy to some people. You turn on the TV, nobody’s working that hard.
A comedian like Kevin Hart stands up on stage tells a few jokes. What’s hard about that? But even Kevin Hart says, “Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.” And he also says “My goals are so high that I don’t have time to relax, in any way shape or form.”
I have deeper read about success and about successful people, not one of them said that it comes easy, even though they were doing what they loved.
Work wins over talent
Many talented people don’t achieve as much success as they could, unfortunately, because they sit back and on their talent and never learn to work hard. All people tend to underestimate work and overestimate talent.
That’s what happened to Michael Jordan when he first started playing basketball. He had the talent, but he wasn’t putting in the work, and the coach actually cut him from the high school basketball team. He says, “I was very disappointed. I started working on my game the day after I was cut”. And that hard work is what made him the greatest basketball player of all time. So I’d say the real gift isn’t talent, it’s the ability to work hard.
Work wins over smarts
Some individuals argue that an individual needs to be smart and not hard working, for them to be successful. In fact, many successful people aren’t the smartest, they just work the hardest.
Francois Parenteau, who BusinessWeek called the top independent analyst on Wall Street says, “I’m certainly not that smart. I can’t even remember my own zip code”. But he also says: “Work is a big part of my life. I think about investments pretty much 24 hours a day, seven days a week”.
Therefore, it is hard work, and not smart work that breeds success. As a result, they were able to stand out amongst the crowd.
I’m not smart. I was a C student, not an A student. I don’t think I’d even make it into college these days. So, how did I achieve some success in business (create fitness app featured on the Product Hunt) and academic (graduated with Gold medal award for the best PhD thesis and first-class honors in PhD)? I just worked hard, many 60 to 80-hour weeks.
Many smart people don’t achieve as much success as they could, unfortunately, because the rest on their smart and never learn to work hard. Jeong Kim, president of Lucent Technologies, says, “People who are the smartest sometimes don’t realize their full potential, because things get too easy, so they don’t push themselves hard”.
Thomas Stanley studied hundreds of millionaires, and discover most millionaires weren’t A students in school or college, didn’t score high on test and teacher didn’t think they’d ever success. But they did succeed, because they worked hard. You can still succeed as long as you work hard.
Hard working people try to find ways of solving some of the setbacks instead of giving up. More so, they put in more effort even when they realize that have slim chances of winning.
So the bottom line is, whether you are smart or not, whether you’re talented or not, just keep working.