I hear this all the time and I almost always say, "If you work hard, you will see the fruits of your labor one day."
What does this mean? Think about a farmer. If he or she works hard on taking care of a plant, the farmer will one day see beautiful and delicious fruit from it. In the same sense, you will see rewards and benefits if you have invested time and effort even if you make mistakes or have to struggled for a while.
Before I end, I want to share this wonderful TED Talk by Richard St. John on Why It Pays To Work Hard. It's only six minutes long but worth your time if you need some inspiration. He is humorous and a very clear speaker.
One of the most important things he says is that success is not talent but the ability to work hard. In the end, work wins over smarts!
After watching or listening to it, don't forget to do the quiz on the right-hand side to test your English comprehension.
As always, I love hearing about your struggles, your achievements or frustrations in learning English. Share your story - email me or comment below. I'm sure so many others have the same experience as you! You're not alone.