17 People Whose Incredible Work Ethic Paid Off
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Apple CEO Tim Cook.
It's nice to be talented, but the old saying is true: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
Despite their obvious gifts, successful people like Kobe Bryant, Tim Cook, and Sheryl Sandberg wouldn't be where they were today without having insane work ethics.
This is an update of a post originally written by Max Nisen.
Apple CEO Tim Cook routinely begins emailing employees at 4:30 in the morning.
Mary Barra rose to the top of General Motors after 33 years at the company.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn't take a vacation for seven years while starting his first business.
Petrobras chief Maria Das Gracas Silva Foster's work ethic earned her the nickname "Caveirao," slang for the armored vehicles used by police in Brazil.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' high school classmates gave up when he decided he wanted to be valedictorian.
Venus and Serena Williams were up hitting tennis balls at 6 a.m. from the time they were 7 and 8 years old.
Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn flies more than 150,000 miles a year.
Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-Shing became a factory general manager by age 19.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg balances one of the most varied and busiest lives of anybody in business.
NBA legend Michael Jordan spent his summers taking hundreds of jump shots a day.
WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is a legendary workaholic whose employees can expect emails at any hour of the night.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer routinely pulled all nighters and worked 130-hour weeks while at Google.
GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt spent 24 years putting in 100-hour weeks.
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant completely changed his shooting technique rather than stop playing after breaking a finger.
Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi worked the graveyard shift as a receptionist while putting herself through Yale.
Elon Musk tells other entrepreneurs they need to work twice as hard as everyone else.
WWE chief Vince McMahon's obsession with his company helped it become what it is today.
Successful people never stop learning, either.