The harder I work the luckier I get!

It’s been my experience that you can be positive and optimistic and expect that everything is going to fall into your lap with very little effort … and it doesn’t! However, what I’ve also learned is that you can be equally upbeat and by adding a good old dollop of effort things tend to start happening.

You can always rely on the inventor Thomas Edison for a great quote and here are, in my opinion, a couple of his best. The one that most people seem to have heard of is “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” And then there’s the wonderful “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and it looks like work."

Some people I’ve met seem to have reached the conclusion that success is all a matter of luck. I used to think like that but these days for me this is an odd perspective. I’ve also noticed that these people tend to have characteristics in common – such as cynicism, bitterness and failure. Some people moan and groan whilst others do and achieve.

I like what Steven King has to say on the subject. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

Modern day achievers don’t see success in terms of lucky breaks any more than their counterparts throughout history. 

In the words of Michelangelo “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”

Dreams and goals are the essential starting point to success but without the work and effort they will never become real. For years I wished it was another way. It’s not!

Let’s leave the final thought on the matter to sports coach Vince Lombardi, who said “The dictionary is the only place that ‘success’ comes before ‘work’. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”