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What is the one magic thing that really makes the difference between success and failure for most people?

Talent? I am afraid not. The world is awash with talented people who have not achieved much.

Luck? While a bit of luck is helpful, most successful people make their own luck.

Perseverance? Yes. If you talk to the real winners in almost any field, they will tell that, while they like to make it look easy, their ability actually comes from a lot of hard work – consistent application.

So the ability to work at something is probably your child’s most important lesson in life. The key question then is how to instill that in your child. This article has some great tips on that: 

The most important lesson for me is that you cannot whip a child into becoming hard working. The way to get them used to hard work is to engage them in activities where they want to do the work. The work actually seems fun.

Then they naturally work hard at that task and find out what they can achieve in that way.

It is at the heart of so much of what we try to do in Easyread. If the task is fun and the psychology is positive, getting the work done becomes easy. Motivation is 50% of the game.


David Morgan is CEO of Oxford Learning Solutions, publisher of the Easyread System. Easyread is an online course that helps children with dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, and highly visual learning styles improve their reading and spelling through short daily lessons. Find out more at or on Facebook at