Leverage the magic of belief
Those folks, who meet with life success and then tell the world it was due to their hard work, really make me mad. The reason is they delude themselves and others because they tell everyone that their success is due to their hard work. The reality is that they almost NEVER work harder than others. They don't even work smarter than others.
They simply leveraged the magic of belief, by thinking, speaking, and acting in line with what they wanted.
But, oh, no, they have to go out and tell impressionable minds that it was their hard work, and so, for all who listen and nod, it becomes hard work.
Leverage the magic of belief but when it works, do not tell people that your success was due solely to your hard work. That is part of what success is about, but the main ingredient for success is believing in yourself.