This is an interesting video which discusses why you should avoid distractions while working in order to stay as much productive as possible.
I often hear about success stories where the direct cause for the success is someone’s hard work and persistence. Although in my mind persistence is important, it seems that hard work is seriously overrated according to the founders of Flickr and a bunch of neuroscientists, as reported here and here. Now, this is an idea I fully support.
Here is what Caterina Fake has to say about working hard:
There are a few interesting things we can draw from Caterina’s experience. [...]