Do you ever look at successful women and wonder how they got so lucky?
That’s your first mistake. Very few people do well based on luck alone. Most of the women who are at the top of their game have done so via steely determination and relentless work ethic. Malcom Gladwell says that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at anything. That’s a lot of hours, but its reassuring because it means that anyone can achieve anything if they work at it. Talent and luck will get you so far, but only blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice will get you to the top. That’s why its so important that you follow your passion, because you have to really love and believe in what you’re doing to not quit on hour 9,998.
There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.- Nelson Mandela
Don’t just take it from us, listen to those for whom the hard work has paid off…
‘It’s not as if I sit back and watch things fly onto my plate. I went for a lot of the things. Success doesn’t happen by waiting for things to happen because there are other people who are hungry. The early bird catches the worm.’
‘I’m my own worst critic. I think that’s really hard, but it also spurs me on. I always want to do better. I’m always striving towards the next thing.’
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
‘It’s just the way we are, the way we were raised. Our work ethic was everything, and that never left us. We like to work hard, and we like to try to do everything 100 percent.’
‘We didn’t have a lot when I was growing up, and it’s the best thing that happened to me because I appreciate everything. I developed a strong work ethic, and I don’t take anything for granted.’
‘Everyone’s like, “overnight sensation” – It’s not overnight. It’s years of hard work.’
“That we are responsible for our own fate, we reap what we sow, we get what we give, we pull in what we put out. I know these things for sure.”
“There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work choices and persistence.”
“I strongly believe if you work hard, whatever you want, it will come to you. I know that’s easier said than done but keep trying.”
“I believe you can achieve anything if you work hard enough to get it.”