I—or we, I believe—always curious for public figures, business magnates, or celebrities in how they can be successful. Regardless of people’s subjective definitions of success, people like Elon Musk, Robert Downey Jr., LeBron James, Jeff Bezos, and some other similar figures have surpassed the averages and stand out as the most notable in their respective industries.
When I was ten years old, I thought success will inevitably come to us as the time pass. I thought success was like growing up, it will be there when the time is right. As I grow up, it become evident that it was not guaranteed that we will success. We need to stomp the pedal harder and longer than everyone else; we need to go extra mile; we need to work hard.
Then again, hard work alone is not enough.
Hard work can be done by staying late at school or office, or hitting an all-nighter to finish our report. Both examples are apt to be called as “hard work”, but if we dig a little deeper, this question will appear: where will the hard work bring us to?
Hard work itself is a great competitive advantage. It’s like we’re a Hulk: we have raw immense power that could smash anything.
But Hulk needs to be controlled, otherwise it will literally smash anything that exists. A Hulk needs to be equipped with great attitude, trustworthiness, fairness, clear goal, and unwavering focus. Believe me, if Marvel create this version of Hulk, no superheroes existing would beat him.
In our case, hard work needs to be backed with the same elements mentioned above.
Hard work without a clear goal and focus will be the same as running without knowing where we want to go.
Hard work without a great attitude will make your boss and our peers despise us.
Hard work without trustworthiness and fairness will lead us to be corrupt.