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4 Essential Ingredients To Success (Hard Work Is Not One of Them)


Many people are going to disagree with me on this, but I’ll say it anyway:

Hard work is NOT always an essential ingredient to financial, professional and personal success.

The truth is, most of us have been taught, since a very young age, that if we work really really hard, then everything else will fall into place.

Now does it help?

Often yes, (if you’re able to sustain the hard work without burning out).

However, if you think about it, there would be many more successful people on earth if working hard was the most important thing.

When you observe the world’s most successful people, you’ll notice they have a few other tricks up their sleeves.

Here are 4 essential (and often overlooked) ingredients to success that are each as important - if not more important - as hard work:

1. Purpose

So you have clarity on WHAT your main goal in life is…

But are you aware of WHY you want to achieve it?

A lack of purpose can often be the only thing holding you back from success.

Because when you’re not invested in the REASON you’re working towards a goal, there’s little to shield you from inevitable distractions and demotivation.

So next time you set a goal, either figure out how it aligns with your unique purpose in life - or decide on a new purpose you can aspire to.

2. Passion

It’s in our programming to keep doing things that give us joy and fulfillment - and your personal and career goals should reflect this.

Of course, many people don’t know what their passion is, and in some cases, passions can even shift or disappear.

So if you’re chasing a long-term goal, it’s important to know how to follow your gut, and put in the effort to find and sustain the passion in what you’re doing.

3. Self-Determination

Vince Lombardi once said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

When you have self-determination, you are owning your personal power and freedom of choice.

Self-determination comes from your inner strength and courage, and it helps you strengthen your internal beliefs so you can take on challenges and changes in life with ease.

4. Confidence

When you have a clear vision of what you want, and complete confidence that you can achieve it, your mental blocks are easier to dissolve.

If you lack confidence in yourself and if you’re not 100% sure you can achieve your dreams, then you’ll most likely keep finding excuses and procrastinating out of fear.

Remember what Napoleon Hill said:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”


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Oh, and if you have any other tips on how to be successful and abundant without the struggle, please share them with our community in the box below :)



Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.















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