7 reasons you need more than just hard work to succeed as an entrepreneur

We’ve often heard that hard work is what will get you where you want to be. However, it is not just hard work which you need to put in to become an entrepreneur. Instead, it is a combination of factors along with hard work which is the true reason for entrepreneurial success.

Here are 7 reasons why you need to put in more than just hard work to succeed as an entrepreneur:

1. Hard work doesn’t come up with a kick-ass idea

Hard work begins only after you have a brilliant idea which is innovative, out-of-the box and appeals to the masses. No amount of hard work can boost your creativity to come up with an idea in an instance. An idea might come to you randomly or with some inspiration but hard work is certainly not the way to get one.

2. Entrepreneurship requires team effort

Hard work isn’t enough to succeed as an entrepreneur because it isn’t a one-man show. It is a collaborative team effort and you’re doomed if you’ve hired the wrong guys. No matter how hard-working you are, you might have to slow down for your team members to catch up and then, continue working as a team.

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3. Creativity isn’t a by-product of hard-work

Some people are creative while some aren’t; no amount of hard work will make you as creative as the other person. You can look for inspiration which comes from within or the surroundings but putting in mindless hours of hard work won’t make you a creative person.

4. Earning money

In order to earn more money as an entrepreneur, one needs to be smart and take good decisions instead of slogging like a donkey. Hard work is necessary but what is more important is to apply it the correct places for maximum productivity and output. If you can earn 500$ in 5 hours, why put in 10 hours to earn the same money?

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5. Experience

Just because you work for 20 hours a day doesn’t mean you can compete with people who’ve been in the scene for 20 years. No amount of hard work can match up to experience and it is only the latter which can help you make quick yet balanced decisions for your company.



6. You can’t kill competition with hard work

You competitors might be better than you because they have a more evolved idea and better investors. You need to buck up on those fronts rather than just adding hours to your work schedule. Hence, for an entrepreneur, it is necessary to strategise well and come up with a plan which informs you about the shortcomings you need to work on.

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7. You stop living your life

This is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Just because you work very hard doesn’t mean that you have the opportunity to ignore everything else. Instead, it is important to take breaks and spend time with loved ones so you can remain more focused on your work and eliminate chances of an emotional burnout.

This article doesn’t demean the importance of hard work in any way. All it says that an entrepreneur shouldn’t mindlessly put hours of work which might go for a waste. Instead, one should be smart and try to gain maximum benefits and success from the time one actually devotes to a task.

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Niharika Nandi

Author: Niharika Nandi

Aspiring start-up writer who loves traveling. I'm also a self-confessed potterhead and a professional bathroom singer who likes to bake and devour hazelnut shakes in my free time.

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