The 6 Characteristics Of A Strong Work Ethic



A strong work ethic is one of the greatest assets you can possess. Even if you don’t have any exceptional talents or aren’t the best in your field, a strong work ethic will make you stand out without a doubt.

Grant Cardone, one of the top salespeople on the planet, puts great emphasis on work ethic:

“I take work ethic over talent every day and work ethic is what I demand” – Grant Cardone

And I am sure that every employer who takes his business seriously will agree. But how do you go about developing an insane work ethic?

Work towards an end goal

Work can be very exhausting if you’re forced to do things you´re not passionate about. This is why focusing on your end goal is crucial, it’s the one thing that will keep you motivated whenever you’re working on tasks you dislike.


Getting distracted during your job isn’t exactly a trait of a strong work ethic. When you start working on a project, set a time limit and focus 100% on the task. Do you think Bill Gates would’ve got to be the richest man on the planet if he constantly found excuses to take a break?


It’s very rare to succeed on your first attempt. This is especially true for entrepreneurs. Did you know that Jack Ma (founder of got rejected from 30 different jobs before succeeding and becoming the richest man in China?

Persistence is the thin line that separates the good form the great.

Do what others aren’t willing to do

If you want to stand out and achieve what others can’t, you have to be willing to do what others won’t. Too many people can’t wait to leave work in order to go home and watch their favorite TV show until they eventually pass out.


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These same people are left wondering why they earn such a low salary and think success is based on plain luck. If you want to succeed, you have to do whatever it takes. Get things done while others go home and enjoy the free time they don’t  truly deserve.

And here yet another inspiring quote from Grant Cardone:

“You sleep like you’re rich, I’m up like I’m broke”- Grant Cardone

Challenge yourself constantly

Individuals with a strong work ethic are rarely content with their performance. They ‘re constantly trying to work harder, learn more and be better than they were yesterday.

There is nothing wrong with taking a break and smelling the roses from time to time, but in order to truly succeed you should always be on the lookout for new ways to improve yourself.

Do you think Michael Jordan would’ve been considered as the best NBA player ever by so many people if he had stopped improving his skills because he thought he was good enough at some point in his career?

Don’t listen to the naysayers

Whatever you do, you’ll have people telling you that you should stop working so hard.

A big mistake I used to make is getting into an argument with these type of people. I used to try and convince them that being obsessed about your dreams and goals is a good thing. Where did this get me? Nowhere, they still believe that nobody should be working that much and keep reminding me of it on every occasion they get.


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Whatever “advice” you get from the naysayers, just nod, say “fine” and keep doing your thing. No matter if it’s your parents, your friends or your girlfriend trying to divert you from your path.

Your turn

Now that you know what you need to do in order to develop a strong work ethic, it is entirely up to you if you want to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of success drastically or spend the rest of your life wondering why some people manage to earn 100k, 200k or 300k a year while you struggle to make ends meet.

If you truly want to succeed, first you must deserve it.

Do you have what it takes to succeed? What could you improve? Let me know in the comments!

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