I'd be the first to say that succeeding at "IM" does take some work. Some of it can be difficult, and you have to be determined etc.
However, relatively speaking, I don't think it's "hard work" at all. See, I think hard work = Sitting at some boring desk doing menial work (for 5 decades) making someone else rich ... Then all you have to show for it at the end of the day is some crappy pay check which isn't even enough to live on.
Now that's hard work. : )
Go out there and make the most of this amazing opportunity to be "successful."