All of us are trying our very best to be successful in life, but sometimes we end up wasting our time doing things that are holding us back from reaching our full potential. And, often, we don’t recognize those things until someone points them out.

The key to success is competing with yourself, pushing the limits and working hard. To live your life in ignorance is suicide when it comes to being successful.

We live in an age where our lives are regularly punctuated by career crisis, by moments where we thought we knew about our lives, about our careers it encounters this threatening reality. It is perhaps easier now to make a living but harder than ever before to stay calm and be free of career anxiety.

To really succeed one must put in significant hours of work to perfect a skill. Bill Gates was a success because he had been coding since he was a child. Similarly, The Beatles made it big in part because they had experience playing gruelling eight-hour performances. This kind of spirited work is what makes people successful.

There are never any shortcuts and not only is hard work essential, but it strengthens your ability to take risks in the future that will pay off. Hard work is what makes risk-taking possible. You can’t do one without the other.

Stories of Incredible Success Through Hard Work

1. Sergey Brin

Immigrants making the world a better place again. Brin is the co-founder of Google and is now worth $30 billion.

Brin developed Google with co-founder Larry Page while they were both PhD students at Stanford, where they filled their dorm with inexpensive computers and work, work, worked. When their search engine became popular on campus, they decided to drop out and start Google in a garage. Good call.

2. Chris “Drama” Pfaff

Millennials making it big in the 21st century. Chris “Drama” Pfaff founder and CEO of “Young and Reckless” clothing line

Chris had no business experience neither a college education and yet rose to stardom by creating streetwear for the masses. Chris, driven by ambition and being one of those people who are never satisfied and strive to be the best spotted the gap in the marketplace between the big city street wear and the mainstream that’s available in Ohio.

Young and Reckless is now a nationwide brand with revenue of 64 million in 2017.

3. Camille Hearst

Women are the future, the real architects of our society. Camille Hearst, founder of product discovery platform Kit, which allows users to recommend their favourite items to social communities

“You reach the highest results, and it is ok if you fail at some point” says Camille, “which makes you only stronger to know how to become successful again”. The story of Camille is not an exception. Even after such failure with launching an app for the US, she later started her own new project. Now, she is a co- founder and CEO of Kit, a famous social recommendation platform, where many people can share products they like.

As the company started to grow fast, she also announced that seed funding had reached $2, 5 million, which is a great result for such project. This instant has become a significant foundation for her career, and she joined the list of African-American women who raised more than $1 million to grow a startup.