How Hard Do You Need to Work to Reach Success?

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.

The Road to Becoming a Celebrity Wellness Coach

The Road to Becoming a Celebrity Wellness Coach

You may have seen Mike Bayer in photos with celebrities on E! or TMZ. He’s a sober companion, a recovery manager, and he’s on tour with Demi Lovato.

But Bayer is also a CEO, a personal development coach and a mental health and addiction counselor. He’s on a mission to explain to the world that mental and emotional health are important for everyone, not just those in recovery.

If you’re interested in building a successful business helping others as a life coach, therapist or counselor, take note of these insights from Mike Bayer on Entrepreneur.com.

How Simon Sinek Created a Global Phenomenon

How Simon Sinek Created a Global Phenomenon

If you aren’t familiar with Simon Sinek’s name, you’re probably familiar with the movement he created, launched with the release of his international bestselling book, Start With Why. You may also recognize his face from his subsequent TED talk, one of the organization’s most popular videos ever, with more than 28 million views. This New York Times bestselling author and speaker is not just spreading an idea, he’s leading a crusade. His goal? To build a world where the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled.

After listening to his journey from depressed small-business owner to internationally acclaimed thought leader, I discovered five key lessons from Simon Sinek on how to create a movement. Read them on Entrepreneur.com.

6 Tips to Be a Successful Solopreneur

6 Tips to Be a Successful Solopreneur

If you’re a writer looking to build and monetize your personal platform -- or you’re hoping to leave your corporate job to become a solopreneur -- you will love Jon Acuff’s story.

Acuff is a New York Times bestselling author of five books and an in-demand speaker who has appeared on stage for clients such as Whirlpool, Microsoft and Comedy Central. He’s a social media influencer with more than 275,000 followers and his blog posts have been read by 4 million people.

How did he do it? Get the answer on Entrepreneur.com.

How This Entrepreneur Went From Solopreneur to Employing More Than 500

How This Entrepreneur Went From Solopreneur to Employing More Than 500

Since founding the now award-winning New York-based agency MRY in his bedroom in 2002, Matt Britton has worked with some of the world’s leading brands, such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Visa. He has also become a leader in social media marketing and millennial marketing. Britton has spoken at industry conferences around the globe and has become a featured advertising expert for CNBC,Mashable, Forbes, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others.

How did he go from solo consultant to employing more than 500 people and then a multi-million-dollar exit? Read the story on Entrepreneur.com to find out.

5 Steps to Create Your Dream Career, the Jon Acuff Way

5 Steps to Create Your Dream Career, the Jon Acuff Way

Author and speaker Jon Acuff has created quite a remarkable career for himself, much of which he’s documented on his blog and in multiple New York Times best-selling books. To read his work is to read through his life: In Quitter, he quit his corporate career to follow his dream; in Start, he launched his own business; in Do Over, he learned from some of his mistakes.

Acuff’s refreshing, funny and often unapologetic perspective provides real-life lessons to people aspiring to live their own dreams as authors or speakers or entrepreneurs. Read his five tips to creating your own dream career on success.com.

5 Lessons to Help You Become an Industry Disruptor

5 Lessons to Help You Become an Industry Disruptor

Do you know what a fiduciary is? If you do (and you never went to law school), that knowledge may be based on the mission and vision of Elliot Weissbluth.

Weissbluth is the founder and CEO of HighTower, a firm of fiduciary advisors with an open-source platform of various industry-leading financial products and solutions. To those outside of the finance sector, this means that instead of working with one financial institution’s broker, who sells you an option of that institution’s products and services, you work with an independent advisor who is legally obligated to advise you on the best product or solution for your portfolio -- from various financial institutions.

Read his five keys to entrepreneurial success when disrupting an industry on entrepreneur.com.

5 Vital Keys to Success From the Likes of Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk

5 Vital Keys to Success From the Likes of Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk

In the last year and a half, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some of today’s leading entrepreneurs, celebrities and influencers on The Pursuit. Together, my guests -- including Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins, the Property Brothers and Barbara Corcoran -- have collectively written more than 15 New York Times bestselling books. They employ more than 800 people and impact tens of millions of people on social media. If that's not enough, their total combined net worth is estimated to be more than $800 million.

The top five keys to success from some of the most successful people in the world can be found on entrepreneur.com.

 

4 Tips for Success From a Multi-Millionaire Serial Entrepreneur

4 Tips for Success From a Multi-Millionaire Serial Entrepreneur

The story of the hustling D-student who built a business from a dorm room never gets old, which is why I loved interviewing Kenny Dichter. That’s exactly how the serial entrepreneur, now the CEO and founder of Wheels Up, got his start. But what sets Dichter apart is his track record since then: building and selling one successful business after another.

Read the full story on entrepreneur.com.

7 Refreshing Do’s and Don’ts for Success

7 Refreshing Do’s and Don’ts for Success

James Altucher is a serial entrepreneur that has founded or co-founded more than 20 businesses, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr. He is also the author of 17 books, including Choose Yourself! and the Wall Street Journal best-seller The Power of No.

Altucher's work can also be found on his blog and in online publications sites such as The Financial Times, TheStreet, The New York Observer and The Huffington Post. Most recently, he has become known for his popular podcasts, The James Altucher Show, Ask Altucher andQuestion of the Day.

With a resume like his, I expected Altucher to dispense standard, heard-before business advice, but he definitely did not. Visit Entrepreneur.com for seven unique perspectives on achieving success in business and in life.