Do the hardest working people really become the most successful?
Of course, that depends on your definition of success. But is someone who works 18 hours a day without stopping more successful than someone who doesn't? If time spent with family and friends is how you measure success, is someone who never works, but is always playing, more successful than someone who is always working? If money is how you measure success, does Jeff Bezos work 60,000x harder than you because his net worth is 60,000x yours?
There was an article I read that said 84% of people think hard work directly translates into success. I am also a big believer in self-discipline and hard work. But, for even the hardest working person I know, there comes a point when you just can't work any harder. Well, what then?
Answer: keeping working hard, but also learn how to work smart.
1. Find a mentor. Someone who is doing what you want to do. Someone who is where you want to be.
2. Change your mindset. You can become successful, too. You'll need this kind of attitude to make it happen. "A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms."
3. Invest. Change your environment (if you have to). Read books and take courses. Hire a coach.