The founder of the company I work for always said “work smarter, not harder” (he also always said “work hard, play hard”). Essentially, the idea being that you do work hard but you also work smart so your efforts are best directed toward the most efficient and effective process. This holds true for anything. Of course it takes hard work to succeed at the highest level but that hard work has to be directed toward the best methods. Anyone can work hard. Those who will get the best results are those who work both smart and hard. Of course, those who achieve at the highest level combine talent with that smart and hard work.