success comes before work only in the dictionary Vidal Sasoon / Vince Lombardi

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Vidal Sassoon

In a world obsessed with get-rich-overnight schemes, it is easy to believe that one doesn’t necessarily need to put in the hard yards to make it big in life. Unfortunately, nothing can be further from the truth.

There is hardly anyone who doesn’t wish to be successful in life. While everyone has their own idea of success, it is outright foolish to expect to get where we want to without working for it. Sure, you might get everything you need from your parents, but that’s entitlement, not success. Considering how critical hard work is to success, one may believe that it is criminal for anyone not to understand this basic principle, right? Wrong!

The post-pandemic era has seen the rise of online coaches and gurus, who flaunt their lavish lifestyles into leading gullible folks to believe that all of that is possible without having any real skills or slaving away. As a result, we have more and more people who look down upon those working hard. They erroneously spend their lives believing that all the successful men around them made it to the top with “smart work”. However, the fact remains that all of the people we look up to today had had their fair share of struggles and hardships. They might have had the occasional stroke of luck, but remember, luck only favors the brave.

To sum it up, hard work is the prerequisite to success. Even if you somehow attain overnight success, you will need to pull out all the stops to maintain or build upon it. There’s no such thing as a free lunch – if you want something, you need to work for it.

Vidal Sassoon was a British hairstylist. Noted for rebranding the bob cut, Sassoon was an outspoken advocate of working hard for one’s dreams. He once remarked that success comes before work only in the dictionary: “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” It is noteworthy that this quote is also frequently attributed to the American football coach, Vincent Thomas Lombardi.