Working hard in life is a characteristic that most successful people agree with. Training, preparation, good luck, and giving it all you’ve got. It’s hard work that provides the platform for everything else. Your effort is immediately noticed by colleagues, employees, and nearly everyone that you come into contact with. One of basketball’s best shooters would tend to agree:

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” Larry Bird

If Mr. Bird’s clutch performance wasn’t enough to make him a favorite on the court, his impressive stats just might: 12-time NBA All-Star, 3-time Most Valuable Player, 3-time NBA Champion, and more. But before the accolades, endorsement deals, and respect on and off the floor, Larry Bird worked hard. Because he was prepared, and gave it the best he could every day, his name is etched in the record books. Bird’s strong work ethic paid off later in life too, as he was awarded Executive of the Year after his playing days ended and he began his new career in management.

Harland Sanders is another example that comes to mind when discussing the benefits of hard work, and its impact on success. Not familiar with that name? How about Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC. Sanders experienced modest success in business for the majority of his life, but after reaching his sixties things really took off. Before Mr. Sanders found renowned success with his KFC restaurants, he worked in an array of different industries: insurance, automobile, railway, and farming. Because of Harland Sanders many years of toil, millions of dinners are served by his restaurants yearly.

“I’ve only had two rules: Do all you can and do it the best you can. It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.” Harland Sanders

After our 9-5 is done each day, many of us relax by watching television. One of the stars often found on our screens is actor Will Smith. The popular movie star has been in many hit movies. According to Mr. Smith, his success has been predicated on preparation, luck, skill and hard work.