Fannie Hurst epitomizes persistence.
"In 1909, following graduation, Hurst secured a job in a shoe factory. Once in New York City, she worked as a restaurant server, salesperson, and actor. In her spare time, she combed the city and Ellis Island picking up local color. Hurst, this prolific and determined writer, received thirty-four letters of rejection from the Saturday Evening Post before publishing “Power and Horse Power” in 1912. After breaking that barrier, success came swiftly, and Hurst never again knew a dry spell."
I'm definitely a fan of working hard and working smart. But when I define working hard as a business owner, it's about persistence and determination. It's not about sacrificing health and family that so many find so easy to do.