The world we live in is a very competitive one and with that comes the urge for you to prove yourself as worthy of opportunities that you seek. Nothing worthwhile will ever come your way if you do not fully apply intensity and commitment to what you do. This level of responsibility is usually coupled with other factors such as setting your goals, planning how you will archive them and remaining consistent.

There are simply no shortcuts to success of any sort and people who understand this usually work harder than the rest. They understand that there is always someone who is willing to go the extra mile if you do not and in a competitive world you will simply be left behind. You need to be the best at what you do in order to get ahead, regardless whether you are studying or working. The best people in their fields are those that devote most hours into their craft.

‘Winston Churchill’, one of the greatest orators practiced his speeches compulsively. The all-time-great football receiver Jerry Rice  — practiced so hard that other players would get sick trying to keep up.

Hard work is challenging, painful and uncomfortable. But it’s the only way to the top. In fact, a major key to success is to learn to enjoy challenging work and to enjoy working hard at it.For most people, work is hard enough without pushing even harder. Those extra steps are so difficult and painful they almost never get done.

The good thing about hard work is that it’s universal. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in — hard work can be used to achieve positive long-term results regardless of the specifics. In working hard you are not robbing yourself of your time and leisure, you are simply enriching yourself and enhancing your chances of making it in life.

Don’t wait for opportunities, create them. When you learn to embrace hard work instead of running away from it, you gain the ability to execute on your big goals, no matter what it takes to achieve them. What gets you to embrace hard work? A truly successful individual will keep trying and keep struggling until he perfects his art.

Greatness and extraordinary success isn’t reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone. If you are willing to put in the work, your efforts will pay off.