I get it, hard work is difficult. Nobody wants to work hard if they were given a choice. But hard work is important for success.

I know, I have said it before that “direction is more important than speed”, which is correct, but still, without putting in the work, even if you are in the right direction, nothing’s going to move.

Some people argue as to which is more important: hard work VS smart work.

Here’s the answer: both!

You need both – the right strategy + hard work – to create the results you want.

Without any one of them, success is NOT going to happen. Yes, you are going to need a proven plan, a strategy, and the right direction to get there.

But at the same time, you need to work on the plan. You need to put in action to get the results. You need hard work to execute and make progress.

And that’s the essence of success. And that’s why hard work is important. If you are still not convinced, here are the reasons why you want to work hard…

1. Hard Work is the Key to Success

Hard Work is the Key to Success

Hard work is the prerequisite to success. It is a NECESSITY, not a choice.

If you study extraordinary people, you will understand that they all work extremely hard to achieve the success they had in life.

Let me give you an example. Many people thought that successful people are gifted people with great talents, and that is why they are able to excel in their field.

But this is not true. Almost all successful people started from scratch. Tiger Woods is one of my favorite examples.

Many people thought that Tiger Woods has great talent in golf, and that is why he is one of the top golfers in the world.

Well, he may have great skills at golf, but he didn’t get there accidentally. He worked himself to get there.

In my article, Why Your “Why” Matters, I shared how Tiger Woods trained in the rain at midnight. This was what I wrote in the article…

In his best-selling book, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead, Laszlo Bock shared an incident encountered by Damon Dunn…

Before Damon Dunn became a professional football player and then founding a real-estate development firm, he attended Stanford University in the mid-90s.

Damon recalled heading to a Stanford fraternity party while he was a student. It was 11 PM, dark, and that night, it rained heavily.

Damon then noticed a lone figure at the driving range, methodically hitting golf balls. Thwack. Thwack. Thwack.

Four hours later, at 3 AM, Damon left the part for his dorm. Thwack. Thwack. The figure was still there, still hitting golf balls. Damon wandered over.

“Tiger, what are you doing out there hitting balls at 3 AM?”

“It doesn’t rain very often in Northern California,” replied the kid who went on to become one of the most successful golfers in history. “It’s the only chance I have to practice hitting in the rain.”

See? Hard work is the key to success.

The same goes for other extraordinary people like Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and many others.

In one of his commercials, this was what Lionel Messi said:

“I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.”

The same happened to Muhammad Ali. This was one of his famous quotes:

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

Therefore, hard work is the prerequisite for success.

If you are not willing to work hard, perhaps, you will never be successful. It’s hard to swallow, but a truth you must accept.

2. Hard Work Prepares You for the Opportunity

Hard Work Prepares You for the Opportunity

Yes, hard work gets you ready for the future you desire. Success isn’t going to fall from the sky. You won’t become a millionaire if all you do is sit there and pray for money to fall on your lap.

Success does not happen by accident. Success is created by design.

The harder you work on something, the more likely you are going to get the opportunity and succeed with it.

When the young Les Brown has a dream to become a DJ, his teacher told him:

“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”

So, every day, young Les trained himself as a DJ in his room, turning it into a studio. Eventually, he got a chance to work in a local studio and became a DJ.

The point is that you will never know when the opportunity is going to come. And thus, the only thing you can do is to work hard and always prepare yourself for the opportunity to arrive.

Many people said that Bill Gates was lucky that when he was in his teens, his school had a course in coding. Furthermore, he got a contract from IBM in the 1980s that catapulted Microsoft’s success.

But if Gates did not prepare and work for the deal, the operating system, he did not have a company (Microsoft), and without his team, do you think he could still make it?

No, not at all. Yes, it is true that Gates had the opportunity, but he did not just sit and wait for things to come to him.

If want to know how Bill Gates made it, read this article.

So, you have to work hard to create the opportunity. Just like the advice given by Les Brown’s teacher, it is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.

3. Hard Work Uncover the Path to Success

Hard Work Uncover the Path to Success

Let me ask you a question, how do you know if something is going to work out? You can’t unless you try and you do it, right?

How do you know if a cake tastes good? You can’t unless you take a bite.

The key is that working hard helps unveil the road to success.

As a blogger and internet marketer, I will not know if the offer and website that I’m about to launch will be a success.

Yes, I can plan for it. And yes, I can prepare for it as much as possible. But I can’t tell if my offer is going to succeed until I launch it, right?

This is what I mean when I said hard work uncovers the path to success.

Many times in life, you will never know if something is going to work out, and all you can do is just do it.

Most people are stuck in life and they are living in mediocrity because of one of these 2 factors:

  • They don’t believe they can do it, or
  • They don’t know how to do it.

And both problems can be solved by taking action, which means working hard. Even if you have no idea how to do something, just do something. Take any action, and you will receive hints to get there.

If you don’t know how to build a website, what do you do? You probably asked a friend who knew how to do it, or you might get a book about it, or perhaps, you will just search for the ways on Google.

Just like if you are looking for a job. You can either write the resume yourself, or you can outsource the work and get a professional to do it for you. With a professionally written resume, you will greatly increase your chances of getting the job. Check out Resume Zest reviews if you want to learn more about getting your resume written.

As you can see, as you take action and make progress, you are slowly uncovering the path to success.

And my friend, that is why hard work is important.

Read: 7 Uncomfortable Truths About Success No One Talks About

4. Hard Work Improves Your Luck

Hard Work Improves Your Luck

This is true. I used to work in a real estate firm, selling properties. And I can tell you that luck is a numbers game. And that means, the harder you work, the more clients you meet, the more likely you are going to get the deal.

Imagine if you are a door-to-door salesman. Even if you have no selling skills and you don’t know how to present your offer, you can still make a sale or two, if you approach more people.

Yes, when you can increase your closing rate if you have the skill, but still, you still need to approach clients to close the deal.

And the more clients/customers you meet, the more likely you are going to get the sale. The more you do, the better you become.

It is true in business too. Most people fail their first few business ventures. But the more they do it, the more experience they gain, the luckier they become, and that’s when they successfully build the business.

Do you think Apple started with huge success right from the start? No, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and a couple of other friends started in Jobs’ garage.

Today, Apple is worth over $2.4 trillion. But it didn’t happen immediately. It happened more than 40 years later.

Hence, the harder you work on something, the luckier you will become. And the more successful you will get.

5. Hard Work Helps You Progress

Hard Work Helps You Progress

You cannot get results without putting in any hard work. To get results, you must work on it.

Just like winning the lottery. If you want to win the lottery, you need to get yourself a ticket. You can’t just pray for it. It requires work on your part. Of course, I’m not suggesting you gamble or buy the lotteries.

I love this quote from Jim Rohn:

“You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.”

That’s right, you can get a coach to show you the way, you can hire a mentor to guide you, but you must do it yourself.

No matter how many books you read, seminars, workshops, or training you attend, you still need to put in the work to get the results.

So, remember, without putting in the work, you will never make progress. And without progress, you will never produce the results, which means you will never succeed.

When you put in the work, regardless of whether you succeeded in getting the result you desire, or you failed to achieve the result you want, there will be results.

And when you failed, treat it as feedback and then do it again.

Need more help? Read this: 3 Fundamental Principles How to Turn Failure Into Success

6. Hard Work Allows You to Improve Yourself

Hard Work Allows You to Improve Yourself

Hard work will lead you to the road of self-development. The more you work, the more action you take, the better you will understand yourself, and the better you will become.

I love the example given by Harv Eker, the best-selling author of Secrets of The Millionaire Mind. In the book, Eker said that it is not the size of the problem that matters, but the size of you.

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Imagine you are playing a computer game and your character is at level 3. And you have to fight an enemy at level 9. Guess what, it will be a tough fight, right?

But as you play through the game and your character levels up to level 20, the same level 9 enemy will become easy.

It is the same in life. If you are earning $5,000 a month, making $100,000 a month may look like a challenging task.

But to someone like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Richard Branson, earning $100,000 a month is a piece of cake.

This is why Eker said it is not the size of the problem that matters, but the size of you.

And when you work hard, you are improving yourself. You are learning and experiencing through making progress. And that’s how you become better.

Remember, you don’t get what you want, you get WHO you become.

It is about turning yourself into the person who is worthy of success, and only then, success will come to you.

And if you want to improve yourself, you have to start from within. Change your mind and change your brain. How do you do it? Learn it here from John Assaraf. He is having a web class to show you how to achieve unstoppable success.


By now, you should know why hard work is important. It is the key to success, a prerequisite, and a requirement.

You cannot progress and create results without hard work.

While it is true that your plan, strategy, and direction are vital, you will still need to work on the strategy to get the results.

So, work hard and strive for the success you want.

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  1. Hello Sir, firstly Thank you so much for published a great article. You are explained very well.You use very simple language to explain every article .After Reading this article I have realized that, Hard work is necessary for Achieving goals or anything we want in our lives.I liked these lines from article, Direction is more important than speed. Success doesn’t happen by accident, Success is created by design

    • Shawn Lim Reply

      Hello Ajit, thank you for your comment, and absolutely love what you said… 🙂

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