Want to Know What Separates Successful People from the Unsuccessful?

Have you ever looked at successful people and thought, “They’re so lucky…I wish I was as successful as they are?”

Well, you can be…but you’ve got to be willing to work for it.

Just ask Kevin Hart.

The comedian, actor and producer, who came from humble beginnings in Philadelphiais, is now one of the most recognizable names in the entertainment industry. Between his comedy tours and movies, Kevin’s works have grossed over $3.5 billion.

Okay, so Kevin’s not a retailer or small business owner, but he has something to say that everyone can learn from:

“Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work,” he said in a recent interview. “Everybody wants the reward, but nobody asks the question, what has to be done to get there?”

While it’s easy to obsess over his enormous success, people should actually be paying close attention to the journey he traveled through the early 2000s to arrive where he’s at today.

“For every Kevin Hart, there are thousands of relatively unknown comedians and even more hopeful actors,” states Inc.  “Most people sit on the sidelines, judging the work of others because they aren’t willing to do the work or pay the price required.”

Likewise, for every successful business owner, their are thousands unknown entrepreneurs who are willing to dream the dream, but shy away from the work necessary to make that dream come true.

Want to have better success in business? Consider the following quotes from successful people who understand the value and importance of hard work:

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”~ Colin Powell

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” ~ Vince Lombardi

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” ~ Dwayne Johnson

“There is no substitute for hard work. Never give up. Never stop believing. Never stop fighting.” ~ Hope Hicks

“To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge.” ~ Summer Sanders

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

“A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things.” ~ Ralph Lauren

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

“Hard work and dedication is important to success, and I have those qualities.” ~ Nargis Fakhri

“The only recipe is hard work, persistence, and belief.” ~ Julen Lopetegui

“Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.” ~ Iain Duncan Smith

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” ~ Booker T. Washington

“That’s the thing about awards – it’s for the people who do all the hard work behind the scenes. An award is just a clap at them.” ~ Sia

“There’s no escalators – there’s only staircases to success. There is no substitute for hard work.” ~ Lilly Singh

“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

“I do not believe in excuses. I believe in hard work as the prime solvent of life’s problems.” ~ James Cash Penney

“See, winners embrace hard work.” ~ Lou Holtz

“There is no substitute for hard work. There is no such thing as an overnight success or easy money.” ~ Henry Sy

Everyone’s like, ‘overnight sensation.’ It’s not overnight. It’s years of hard work.” ~ Margot Robbie

“Patience and hard work are the key to every man’s success.” ~ Kailash Kher

The Takeaway

When Michael Jordan first started playing basketball, he had the talent, but he wasn’t putting in the work.

After the coach cut him from the high school basketball team, he started working hard on his game. All his hard work eventually resulted in him becoming the greatest basketball player of all time.

“Hard work is always the baseline of great achievements. Nothing spectacular comes without it, says Medium. “Very few have ever failed with the hard work approach to making it in life. You may rise slowly, but you are sure to rise.”

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Sherene Funk is the author of the contemporary romance Autumn in Your Arms and two small business e-books. She is a voracious reader who owns more books than she can ever read in this lifetime. A graduate of Brigham Young University, she worked in advertising for many years before moving to her current writing position at Rain Retail Software. She researches non-stop to see what successful retailers do and loves to share what she learns with small business owners.