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13 Photos That Prove Hard Work Really Pays Off

A detailed superhero costume made from a yoga mat, a wooden 3-story tree house for your grandchildren, or a do-it-yourself train for adopted dogs — a huge amount of effort has been invested in each of these projects. And once they’re finished, the feeling of all that hard work being paid off twofold is so worth it.

Here at Bright Side we adore it when people are rewarded for their hard work! So scroll down for an instant injection of pure inspiration!

1. Joseph Schooling met his idol, champion Michael Phelps, when he was 13 years old and beat him in the Olympics 8 years later.

2. An 80-year-old retiree built a train for the stray dogs that he adopted.

3. My hometown recently power washed the town hall.

4. A couple built a dream yurt from scratch!

5. A woman created an amazing Wonder Woman costume from an old yoga mat.

6. A man builds houses from scratch, using plastic bottles as insulation.

7. A girl transforms an old bus into a cozy motor home

8. A woman created a big house for her family, entirely by herself, by watching YouTube tutorials.

9. A 96-year old grandpa from Taiwan saved his village from demolition by painting the streets of the village — now it’s a popular tourist attraction.

10. A man restores photos from past centuries and they’re breathtaking!

11. The family that lost 106 kg (233 lbs) together in one year!

12. Truly ascended in her career path

13. Server cables before and after a big clean-up.

The woman that built a house with YouTube tutorials is our favorite! Do you know of any other people whose hard work paid off and the result exceeded all their expectations? We’d be happy to see your stories and pictures in the comment section below!

Preview photo credit GallowBoob / reddit