Going 100% all of the time, regardless of the situation. Anyone can work hard when it is fun or when life is going well or when the results are immediate. It takes a true competitor to work hard when life isn’t going well. Working hard is a choice and most choices aren’t easy to make. Working hard requires the decision to make sacrifices and to be uncomfortable. Working hard is not a comparison with others. You know whether you worked hard or not when you compare yourself to a previous experience. If you put in more time and/or effort and/or sacrificed more and/or became more uncomfortable, than any moment before, then you worked hard.