21st Law: The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get


It’s funny how the harder I work, the more successful I become. – Jack Warner

If you sow, you reap

The Scripture talks about sowing and reaping in Galatians 6:7: ‘‘Therefore whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap.’’ The law of sowing and reaping is one of the greatest laws of success. You cannot reap what you did not sow; therefore you are as lucky as the efforts you invest in a task.

The logic also goes that you are luckier when you work harder. You reap more when you sow more. Your harvest is proportionate to the amount of seed you planted. You earn more when you invest more. You receive more when you give more.

Hard work leads to success

I read in Brian Tracy’s 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success that in Dr Thomas Stanley’s The Millionaire Next Door, he reports that almost every one of the self-made millionaires in America told him that their success was due to hard work than any other factor. Hard work is a necessity in the ladder of success.

I believe that when opportunity meets preparation, the result is success. It takes hard work to ensure preparation and it takes preparation to attain success. The two – hard work and success – are interwoven. They are closely related. Hard work leads to success. No one stumbles on success. I have always maintained that success is a deliberate design. Success is not a 100m dash; it is a marathon. You must be willing to go all the way. You must be ready to pay the success Price. You must be willing to persevere until you attain your goals. It won’t be easy. The path to real success is usually tough but it’s worth the toil because hard work pays.

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Success is planned and pursued

Mark Zuckerberg once said, ‘‘Nothing ever comes out fully formed.’’ Success does not locate people’s addresses. Success only locates the people who attract it. The way to attract success is through hard work, clarity of goal and positive attitude. You just have to create the world you desire. You must take your time to form your dream world.

Success is a summation of deliberate actions taken over a period of time. Success doesn’t just happen. The harder you work, the luckier you get. No one lies in his bed and expect an income without doing anything. Life requires that you pay your dues before reaping the fruits. You must plant before you reap. Nothing happens by accident.  Success is planned and pursued.

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Follow the right path

Success is a function of hard work and adhering to success principles. The man who works hard is naturally going to be luckier than the man who idles away and expects that a miracle will happen. Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘‘Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.’’

When you keep doing, you keep achieving. A hard working individual knows how to till the ground. He believes there is dignity in labour. He takes calculated risks and makes a lot of efforts to succeed. It takes consistent efforts before arriving at success. The man who fails to work tries nothing and achieves nothing.

Take calculated risk

Contemporary thinkers agree that people who are not taking risk are the main risk takers. This is the philosophy of successful people. I agree with this viewpoint. The logic is simple, the more risk you take, the harder you work and the more you are exposed to options that lead to success and, of course, the more you succeed.

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Hard working people dare their environments to discover the hidden treasures. They are big dreamers. Working hard is being successful at the moment. You are a success once you can work hard. Nature has a way of compensating hard working folks.

Salesmen often encounter series of challenges. They come across these challenges in order to excel in their careers. It takes overcoming obstacles to win a competition. Winning doesn’t come easy. Salesmen are expected to overcome the challenges they encounter on the way. They are expected to outsmart the activities of competitors.

Stakeholders expect salesmen to come out successful in their sales activities. No one succeeds in this kind of demanding environment if he is not hard working. An individual who works hard puts himself on the driver’s seat; he takes charge. Till the ground!


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