Hard work is the new black. For a while it looked like computer automation, robotics and government entitlements were going to save the day. Of course I never fell for this idyllic nonsense, knowing that all great accomplishments in life were achieved by inspired individuals who persisted beyond what anyone thought was possible.

Very few advancements for Mankind have been developed by committees, governments or by individuals who lived off welfare or daddy’s inheritance.

The printing press, the Declaration of Independence, the airplane, the telephone, the light bulb and the cure for polio, were all made possible by inspired individuals. Yes, they had help. But without their individual persistence and hard work, these would have never occurred solely through a group effort.

With a staggering economy, Americans are now looking at starting their own businesses like never before. While many have yet to launch one, is it easy to tell by online search trends that start-ups, entrepreneurship and hard work are on the rise. Wall Street, big corporations, a culpable Congress and the whole system of money “management” have lost the trust of the majority of Americans. They know that pensions are a thing of the past (unless your a government worker) and that social security is an oxymoron.

In fact, more and more research is available that actually proves that hard work is the key to greatness and massive success. That success is more a combination of how hard one is willing to work or practice than the God-given talents we were born with.  What’s also common is that we see this facts bear out in a variety of industries from the business world to professional sports.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his best-selling book “Outliers”, talks about the 10,000 hour rule. In his book, he highlights how focusing on perfecting one’s craft—through intense devotion and practice— is the biggest contributor to any person’s success. In essence, hard working individuals with less talent can make up for it with about 10,000 hours of focused practice. And this concept is applicable to any endeavor in life.

Hard Work Is: The Definitions

“Always putting a lot of effort and care into work.” – Cambridge Dictionary

“Tending to work with energy and commitment; diligent.” – Oxford Dictionary

Hard Work Is: The Quotes

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison

“If the power of hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it.” – James A. Garfield “The person that works the hardest wins.” – Will Smith

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

“The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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