You are in control of ONE thing.
And this ONE thing is all that really matters.
Your ability to work hard, never changes.
No matter what is thrown at you, and what is out of your control, you can still work hard. You can still push forward. And this is something that cannot be dictated by something else.
This is something that was taught to me at an early age. If I want to make money, and build an income for myself, it is not correlated to my upbringing, it is directly related to my desire to work hard. If I want to rise to the top of the success ladder, I will work harder than the others that are around me.
Hard work is one thing that cannot be taken away from you in the business world, and in the entrepreneurship world. It is also the one thing that you are in full control of.
A Quick Story...
I remember a few years back. I broke my finger in a baseball incident and was required to wear a cast for a few weeks and then splint on my finger for subsequent weeks. Obviously this makes it hard to type, which is something that is required of me all day, every day. Surely that would curb my ability to work hard, would it not?
Well, actually it did the opposite. I couldn't type, so I looked for alternatives. I found that I could actually be just as proficient, if not more, in terms of writing, communicating, and running the support side of our business through dictation. Instead of typing 90-100 wpm, I found that I could type 150-180 words per minute through talk to text dictation.
Something that didn't cost me anything (as it is included on all computers, and mobile devices for free), and something that didn't require a learning curve. But I was able to immediately pivot, and continue working hard...during a time that I feel many people would have felt they were disabled or incapable...and thus would have stopped working altogether.
Now, I do have the pressures of providing for me family and also remaining committed to the family here at Wealthy Affiliate (and the company as a whole), but I know there are many people that would have taken time off when they hurt themselves or used it as an excuse they couldn't work.
I took a lemon, and made lemonade from it...improving my overall efficiency and developing new skills.
Moral of the story, work hard, at all times. Don't stop working hard. Work harder than the person next to you. The result will be something of substance, and a successful business.