Why Hard Work Works.

There is no escaping hard work. If you have big dreams -- or even small ones -- you have to work hard in order to be successful.

Even working smarter is hard work.

In fact, working smarter usually takes more time and effort up front then just working hard consistently day after day after day.

Regardless of what tactics you use or what strategy you employ, you need to be in the right frame of mind when you decide to conquer new goals.

Your attitude matters most.

Instead of hoping for the best case scenario -- where everything magically happens for you, no problems ever smack you in the face, and you have a built-in cheering club -- you need to be comfortable with the harsh reality that you're going to have to sweat, bleed, and keep working long after the sun goes down.

When you are determined to do whatever it takes, your attitude towards life changes.

You know that hard work works.

Instead of interpreting hard work as evidence that you "need another degree" or you "must not be doing something right", you assume that big goals demand big effort and extraordinary focus. And so you're ready for that. You are strong mentally.

You are already expecting things to be tough, so when problems arise and friends call you names, you don't whine and whimper and make excuses about "everyone picking on you" or "why can't it be my time".

You work hard to be amazing.

When you're expecting it to be painfully hard work and ready to do that hard work, hard work gets a little bit easier.

Which is good news for you if you are focused on changing your world for the better.

Hard work works.