How Hard Do You Need to Work to Reach Success?

As the driven, innovative, informed Entrepreneur reader I know you are, you already know you need to put in the hours to make your idea successful. If you’ve read my writing or watched my show, The Pursuit, you know that nearly every successful person mentions the power of hard work.

If you haven’t come across my work before, allow me to explain that this article comes from over 4,000 hours of the study of success in under two years. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing today’s leading entrepreneurs, celebrities and influencers -- people like Larry King, Tony Robbins, Barbara Corcoran, Seth Godin, Kathy Griffin, Simon Sinek and HGTV’s the Property Brothers. Usually these insightful, once-in-a-lifetime conversations happen in person in the guest’s home or office, giving me a sneak peek into their day-to-day life.

Following the interview -- and the prior hours of listening, reading and watching everything I can about them and from them -- I break down what I call Success for the Rest of Us. How do we apply the tactics of millionaires in our everyday lives? How can I -- a midwestern mom, wife, writer and media entrepreneur in suburbia -- implement what I learn from someone like Gary Vaynerchuk?

Let’s dive into those questions, specifically as they pertain to hard work. Is simply putting in long hours enough? What if I don’t have the capacity to work 18 hour days? What about “work/life balance”?

Go to Entrepreneur.com to read my top five keys to success for the rest of us when it comes to hard work and work habits, in order to produce your best work and become your best self.

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