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Was it easy being in the position you are right now or did you have to work hard for it?

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Gloria’s Answer

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It was not always easy to get to where I am now. I am an Instructional Designer. I write training that other people teach or take directly in the form of web-based courses and videos. While some people I know do this job without having any college experience, I have found that the job is easier and more fun with knowledge. It is also a good paying job with an opportunity to work in any industry. It is also a job that can be done anywhere. I thought that I would be okay just with a bachelor's degree. It really became much easier once I got my masters degree in my late 30's.

I would say obtaining mastery in whatever you desire to do makes the overall job easier. And mastery takes time. Some people have said that it can take up to 10,000 hours or 10 years to gain mastery at a given career. And that mastery will include sometimes, maybe many times, failing and having to try again. Be patient with yourself and keep trying even when you want to quit.

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Paul’s Answer

I hard to work hard for everything I have and I'm still looking to further my career and grow. Like some people, I had to start from the bottom up and didn't have the privilege of being related to someone in a powerful position or knowing someone to give me a head start. So that meant that I had to work harder than my peers who did have those things. I didn't complain about it because I accepted it for what it was. Now, when I look back and reminisce about where I started compared to now, I can say with all honesty that I did it on my own and I take pride in that.
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Stephanie’s Answer

I currently have worked in a very well known, global company, for almost 10 years. I started working here when I was 19 and began in a call center Customer Service Representative position. At that point I had only graduated from High School. As I continued my academic journey, I was able to combine academic knowledge with my work experience to move into more challenging and financially rewarding positions. In 10 years, I've worked for 3 different areas in the company. To answer your specific question: yes, I believe working hard pays off. But I think it's mostly working hard to be the best version of yourself. It's not always easy, but finding passion in excelling in whatever work you are doing, in my opinion, is what truly makes a difference. With persistence, people around you will eventually know you for your drive & passion. I think most people in leadership positions are attracted to those qualities.
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Kimberly’s Answer

Thanks for your question. I don’t believe there is ever a substitute for hard work when considering stretching to reach your career goals. Some days will be easy and some days will be hard, and those in between will stretch and grow your skills and experiences if you allow. My easier days are usually when I have planned how I will spend my time and even if my meetings or projects are difficult, I’ve had a chance to think about how to solve the problems. The difficult days are those that take on a life of their own, where nothing I had planned goes as planned and I have to gather myself and resources to solve problems that didn’t exist before that day arrived. These days may be harder, but they are also quite interesting and have the potential to stretch you the most. I like having both types of days, the easier days I’ve planned allow me to feel accomplished and the harder days where problems surface give me a chance to use my skills and experiences in different ways. I’ve worked in my industry, the financial services industry over 25 years. I love my current job but it took some jobs that I didn’t love to get me to where I am. I’ve never asked if it would be easy or hard, I’ve always wanted to know if the journey would be worth it. It has!
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Shanna’s Answer

Working hard is the key to getting the role you want and excelling in it. Something that has really helped me through my career is the concept of the value you add to the work you do, and in order to add substantial value, several key factors need to be in play such as education, aspirations, creativity, and determination. Every role you get you should ask yourself "what do I bring to the table?" and "How can I stand out?".

When you find a career path you are passionate about and a job you love, give it everything you have. It will make you a better person and more successful personally and professionally!

So to simply answer this question... hard work is everything.
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Jorge’s Answer

I am of the idea that you always have to improve yourself day by day.

Getting to where I am today has been a combination of different circumstances. To grow professionally, I agree that there is nothing that can replace hard work, although the luck of being in the right place at the right time can also be an important factor in your development.

In my first job, I spent 4 years making a daily extreme effort. And of course it paid off, but I didn't get to where I wanted. However, all this gave me a wealth of experiences and learnings that today are very useful for my personal and professional life.

You always have to give your all and take advantage of everything that can be learned. Working hard will open you a lot of opportunities, but the important thing is not to get there, but to stay and continue growing.
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