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Why hard work is so important (and still under-rated)
To be one of the best in the world at something, you have to work hard. While this seems obvious, there are many people who don't believe it's true. Many people believe you can become great just working 9 to 5. It's not clear where this controversy comes from.

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Working Hard

"Work Hard" is one of the oldest pieces of advice for success. According to the author Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to attain mastery.

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40 Hours A Week

Truly working 40 hours in a week is rare because just completing your work hours doesn't amount to real work. 40 hours of great work output can come from 60 or more hours of 'regular' work.

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Work Becomes Play

Discover something you love to do, that you’re good at doing, and that you can get compensated for.

When work becomes play, it doesn't stress us out and doesn't seem to exhaust us. Work that ...

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Success Requires Sacrifice

A handful of people who have gotten extraordinarily lucky make it seem like success may be easy for anyone.

Success isn't a cakewalk and requires sacrifices, crazy hours, and pain. 

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One Thing At A Time

Focus on what you are great at, and what you want to do for the rest of your life, as time is a limited resource, and you cannot be great at everything. Attain mastery by focusing on one thing a...

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Time Spent Working

This is not a reliable metric for hard work.

True success is achieved by working in a focused way with quality output, and cannot be measured by counting the work hours.

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Genius Work is Done Alone

Genius level work is often done alone. Deep, creative work requires 'flow' and that is best achieved when you have no one around them to distract the train of thought and the creative sparks that a...

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Massive Success

Massive Success means being the absolute best of your domain. There are three ways one can be massively successful:

  • Getting extraordinarily lucky
  • Bein...

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