There is a rumor going around that success and respect only come from hard work. Unless we’ve shed blood, sweat, and tears, we are not yet worthy. “Work hard, play hard,” as many like to say.
I strongly believe that there is a difference between hard work and challenging work. Both require effort and grit. But one weighs you down while the other energizes you. One burns you out while the other excites you. Both can tire you out, but one adds stress to your life while the other adds purpose.
Challenging work is good for you and, as we learned last week, a key component to feeling happy. However, just because something is challenging doesn’t mean that it has to come hard. In fact, something that comes hard for me may come easy for you and vice versa.
Just because we enjoy a certain challenge or are good at something does not mean it’s not valuable.
The idea that hard work is necessary for worth has contributed to our society’s overall feeling of unfulfillment and unhappiness. In pursuit of being seen as a hard-worker, we push ourselves to the brim, living on the edges of our sanity and capabilities. It’s no wonder so many of us struggle to find fun in the chaos.
In today’s video, I share my take on hard work. It’s not to say that I believe in laziness and entitlement. And I’m certainly not saying we should give up on all our challenging goals. Rather, my point is that we would do well to remember that just because something comes easy, does not mean it’s not worth pursuing. We all have innate talents and abilities, and when we act in alignment with who we really are, life is going to flow much more easily.
The truth is we tend to make life more complicated than it needs to be! My goal is to debunk this myth once and for all. When we change our perspective on hard work, we may find life feels a bit less chaotic.