Does hard work always work!
I keep hearing this old adage that the way to do well in what you set out to achieve is to work hard. Now I don’t disagree with that totally, of course hard work is generally a requirement to do well at things but I find it a bit frustrating when successful people in various fields give that as their first answer to the question “How did you become successful?”
I watched a live video feed by Chase Jarvis recently with a bunch of renowned pro photographers on a panel taking questions from the audience. When asked how they became successful Chase gave the classic answer “mostly by working really hard”.
I have no doubt that Mr Jarvis has worked hard to achieve his success, he is very talented and by applying that hard work in the right way he has become a successful and well renowned photographer as well as a hugely popular celebrity in the photographic online community.
The reality in my opinion though is that hard work isn’t the key, anyone can work hard but if you don’t use that energy in the right way it’s not going to result in driving you forward. So what’s the real answer to the question? Well if I knew that I’m sure I would be a lot richer than I am!
In my opinion when it comes to being successful in any business you need talent, enthusiasm, marketing savvy, the right attitude, good contacts and a fair amount of luck at times as well.
Let me know your thoughts, would you say hard work worked for you, or was there another factor that helped you achieve what you set out to do?