You probably read the title and wondered what on earth am I on about in today’s post. Of course, hard work is worth it! Just look at people like Oprah and Richard Branson who worked hard and are enjoying the fruits of their labour.
True! But does it work for the 21st century? Is hard work worth it?
Is Hard Work Worth It?
I’ve noticed over the past year or so, that when I see or hear ‘just work hard and you’ll get what you want’ I have an internal reaction. Just to clarify, it’s not a nice reaction. In fact, I feel like my heart squeezes painfully when I hear that sentiment. Over time I’ve unravelled why I keep having that reaction, so here are my thoughts.
There’s a huge attachment to hard work and accomplishing a goal. It’s true in some cases but not all. In the blogging world, a number of bloggers worked hard, toiled long hours to get where they are now. The problem is that other factors came into play along with that hard work that may not be known or mentioned.
Unfortunately, in today’s world appearance, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity all play a huge part in accomplishing dreams and goals. There’s a particular ‘look’ that can get you through doors.
Hard work is important but I think there’s too much emphasis on it that we forget a few things. We forget that talent is important because there’s nothing heartbreaking than working on something that is not your forte. The reality is, not all of us will be doctors, solicitors, bloggers, models or actresses. Instead, we need to look at what our strengths and talents are. Focus on that, find joy and add in the hard work.
We also need to work smart. Sometimes there’s no need to reinvent the wheel so using our smarts can save effort and time. I don’t mean cheating but if a way has been carved and it’s proven time and time again to be helpful then take it.
Nothing is disheartening as working hard on the wrong thing.
What do you think about hard work? Is hard work worth it? Let me know in the comments below.
As always, thank you for reading and until next time, be well!