I really like this very short post by David Smith, esteemed writer of iOS apps. David doesn’t like the idea that to win you have to work really hard. Instead, he thinks the key to success is persistent work.
The difference isn’t just semantics. There is a big difference in how you view your goal if you are trying to work hard versus working persistently. It isn’t about the amount of energy you expend or the stress you survive.
In my experience the people who succeed are typically the ones that outlasted their peers for long enough to become confronted with opportunities well prepared.
I hope he’s right. What is this for me? 16 years and counting? (Although I must admit there has been plenty of stress along the way!)