I used to think that I could achieve success simply by working harder than the next guy — not necessarily smarter, mind you, but harder. I would wake up earlier and go to bed late. I would work on the weekends.
This belief stemmed from my success as a high school athlete. When my competitors called it a day, I kept on pushing. And you know what? It worked! My skills were average at best, but working harder than my competitors really did enable me to beat them. I was determined to be better, and I was. As a result, I thought winning was that simple.
For many years, I applied the same line of thinking to my professional career. To an extent, it worked. But I discovered that luck was also extremely important to achieving success. Hard work and determination will only take you so far.
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