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

– Hope Hicks, former White House Communications Director

Are you human?  Please know that you have priceless, inherent worth!  Let’s say that again slowly in our minds – PRICELESS.  INHERENT.  WORTH!  Nothing can take that fact away, even if someone says differently or perhaps you don’t yet know that for yourself.  I’m going to show you; and you, in turn, will show yourself!

 It is a universal truth that there is no alternative to hard work for achieving success in life. The legendary soccer star Pele said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”  Hence, it is obvious that the best effort should be given for achieving success in every field of life. Without proper hard work, there is hardly any chance of expecting success at any stage of academic and professional life.

Hard Work Early in Life

Children should be taught the value of hard work right from their early days in school when they join a preschool or nursery class. Often it is seen that kids aren’t interested in studying and their parents need to make them realize the importance of working harder, initially, for scoring good grades in their examinations in school. They should be taught to focus on their studies as soon as they start learning anything – including alphabets and numbers.

Our reward is in the effort and not in the result. A complete effort is a complete victory. 

– Mahatma Ghandi

The young generation should learn the value of effort and hard work in studies, games, and all other extracurricular activities they may be involved in. This practice of hard work proves to be highly beneficial for them in school, college, and also in their later life.

Hard Work in Professional Life

Usually, efficient workers are known to work very hard for accomplishing their jobs. Employers recognize the diligent efforts of hardworking staff and reward their efforts with promotions and salary hikes. All businesses want to advance energetic and successful candidates into important managerial positions. The success of a business largely depends on the continuous efforts put in by its owner and the individuals associated with that company.

Likewise, people involved in sports need to hone their talents with regular practice, to improve their skills so that they can excel in every challenging competition. Similarly, scientists, teachers, writers, and other people associated with academic fields need to acquire more knowledge on a regular basis to, at a bare minimum, keep themselves up to par with their colleagues. Former US National Security Advisor Colin Powell said:

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.

Hard work does not only yield positive results at the time when it is done, rather the fruit of diligent efforts continue to shine even in the long run. However, people also need to nurture some other important values, like patience, broadmindedness, and mental strength for gaining success in life, along with the practice of hard work.