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Why Hard Work Is the Most Important Trait a Successful Entrepreneur Should Have Seven reasons that this trait matters above all others.

By Oliver Isaacs

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Try, try, try. Fail. And try again until you succeed and achieve your goals. This is hard work. Hard work isn't a one-time thing. It's a series of continuous efforts in a particular time span, with pure dedication and a clear vision of the goal you want to achieve.

For the vast majority of us, nothing in life comes easy. Business is no exception — unfortunately, there is no secret to success beyond motivation and hard work. As Thomas Edison put it, "The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense." These weren't just words: Edison, one of the most successful inventors and businessmen of all time, famously worked 20 hours per day.

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