There’s no substitute for sheer hard work if you want success

Talk to highly successful entrepreneurs about what has brought them success in business and in life and the chances are they will tell you it was less about luck and more about sheer hard work and determination. Developing a strong work ethic is key. As Thomas Jefferson once said: “I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” So if you want to develop a strong work ethic that can really reap rewards on your business journey, then there are a few things you can do to put the right foundations in place. Firstly, be present in the business - you need to be in touch with everything that is happening and lead by example; secondly be professional at all times, in the way you conduct yourself and your business; thirdly set your goals and action plans for each day, and deliver; fourthly, dedicate yourself to getting the job done right, put the hours in until it’s done; fifthly, be tenacious and keep reaching for those goals and opportunities and track your progress constantly; and finally, take personal responsibility for the actions and outcomes in the business. As Oprah Winfrey says: “The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you are willing to work hard.”