Work Hard, Play Harder: Keys To Success

One of the things I admire the most about people I’ve met at music festivals is how hardworking they are. I just got back from Pitch Music Festival in Australia (add it on your list of must-experience music festivals!!) and met so many incredibly hard working, fun and awesome people. On the dance floor I had an interesting conversation – someone asked me “You started your own business, wow, did you know that makes you brave?” This inspired me and led me to reflect on words of inspiration I’ve leaned on when times get tough.

Becoming an entrepreneur can seem like a lonesome career choice. Every risky decision you make is made solo. Not only are you sacrificing money, but an enjoyable livelihood as well. However, there is a comfort in knowing that there have been many entrepreneurs who have come before you, survived and are now in fact successful.

Below are my five favorite words of advice from entrepreneurs I admire that work hard and play hard too!

5. Arianna Huffington Founder of The Huffington Post

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

Her advice, don’t let fear stop you. It is easy to let the fear of failing stop you. Don’t. Get uncomfortable and the more you do, the less uncomfortable fear will be.


4. Tim Ferriss Author of The Four Hour Work Week

“The best advice I’ve ever received is: ‘You are the average of the five people you associate with most.’ I’ve actually heard this from more than one person, including bestselling authors, Drew Houston of Dropbox, and many others who are icons of Silicon Valley. It’s something I re-read every morning. It’s also said that ‘Your network is your net worth.’ These two work well together.”

His advice, choose your friends wisely. Surround yourself with people you want to be like. Your tribe is your vibe.


3. Sophia Amoruso Founder of Nasty Gal


“No one knows what it takes to be CEO, even CEOs.
My advice would be to get some real management chops, work for some great companies, and know more than I did before you try to do what I’ve done. I have learned some hard lessons on the job, and some that I wish could have been a bit earlier in my career.”

Her advice, learn from other companies. Sometimes, the current job you have can feel like a waste of time, but it isn’t! Learn from the different management styles you are under and apply them to your future company.

2. Kevin Systrom Co-Founder of Instagram

“The lesson I’ve learned is that you need to make sure to always cut what doesn’t work, cut the stuff that isn’t popular, and focus on continually improving your product and your focus….

…Companies go through identity crises and they figure themselves out over time, but I think it’s all about keeping what sticks and throwing away what doesn’t.”

His advice, stick to a brand that works. It is tempting to go down different avenues and try new things, but why fix what isn’t broken? Work on what you have.


1. Mark Cuban Owner of Dallas Mavericks

 “Do the work. Out-work. Out-think. Out-sell your expectations. There are no shortcuts.”

His advice, put in the time. This is what it comes truly down to, putting in the time. You can have a great idea, but if you don’t action, your dreams will never leave the ground.

Hopefully, this list of advice from successful entrepreneurs can motivate you and get your business on track toward success!

Remember to keep on dancing!