17 People Whose Incredible Work Ethic Paid Off

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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.

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