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There is one ingredient for success that is available to every single person alive today. Most people overlook this “special ingredient”. Many willfully ignore this success secret, while others acknowledge it, but willfully decline to embrace it. So, what is this “special ingredient” we speak of. Well, to put it simply, it is being willing to outwork everyone.

This success ingredient doesn’t guarantee you’ll make it to the number one spot of Forbes richest list overnight. However, what it will do, is guarantee you find more success. But “success” differs for everyone you say. Well, success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal. And by this definition, if you commit to outworking your competition, there is virtually no way to keep success from coming your way. The needle WILL move forward. If you sincerely put in the effort to observe your competitors, and proceed to outwork them in both quantity and quality, you can’t NOT succeed.

The Most Important Ingredient For Success

Most Important Ingredient For Success

Billionaire business magnate Mark Cuban said it best when he stated…..”It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.”

Legendary hall of fame linebacker Ray Lewis gets it too, when he said, “It has nothing to do with talent and everything to do with effort.” No doubt, he dominated and found success because he was willing to put in the work.

Even the richest man on the planet, Elon Musk knows that the ingredient for success is to work your tail off. Years ago, even before he was a multi-billionaire, and on track to becoming the world’s first trillionaire, he stated “Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. This improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing thee same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.”

And lastly, the late and great Kobe Bryant said it best when he said, “If you do the work, and you work hard enough, dreams come true.”

100% We agree!

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Hard Work Is Your Foundation

there is no substitute for hardwork quote

All too often you’ll hear others say, “Hard work is NOT the only essential ingredient to success”, and then they’ll list off a handful of other success ingredients, like purpose, self-determination, confidence, discipline, and the ability to motivate yourself.

But they are wrong. Hard work is the the essential ingredient to success on which all other ingredients to success lie. It is also the foundation stone on which all of your future success(es) will be built.

Everything starts with hard work. All of the additional success ingredients just mentioned require an intense effort, and heightened focus to leverage them for your benefit.

For example, it takes massive amounts of effort to discover your purpose. It takes intense focus, effort, and hard work to cultivate your confidence. And it also takes lots of determination and will power…. aka a willingness to put in the work, to motivate yourself when you’re not feeling up to doing your what needs to be done. Hard work is the way….

If you truly want to begin seeing more success come your way, commit to putting in the hard work. And if you really want to see results come to you fast, aim to outwork everyone.

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“If You Can’t Outplay Them, Out Work Them.”

So, if you are sick and tired of not having enough money in your bank account, you have to change things up. Doing what you’ve always done will keep you getting what you’ve always gotten. So, here’s your solution….and be sure you begin doing it today….

Outwork Yesterday

If you are fed up with the lack of progress you’ve been making in your career, or your business, you have to mix things up. For work, you have to begin be the first one in the office, and the last one out. For your business, you must obsess over your results. Pay attention to what your competitors are doing, and do everything better. In short, you have to stop coasting, you have to get serious, and begin to….

Outworking everyone will take you far. Doing so will help you find more success in any endeavor. You will make progress. However, if the life you want and the true success you seek, just seems to keep evading you. Then the common denominator is you. As such, you’ll have to not do more today than you did yesterday, and not only will you have to outwork everyone, but you’ll also have to begin doing this….

Outwork Yourself

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Final Thoughts

The #1 Ingredient for success is the willingness to put in the work and effort to win no matter what. It doesn’t matter if the competition is yourself, your yesterday’s, or your colleagues at work. If you want to find success, outwork everyone and everything…

Till next time,


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