In this week’s episode, I share my thoughts on the paradoxical nature of working hard. The value of hard work is foundational to so much of what we have been taught about how to succeed in our culture. The harder we work, the more effectively use our time, the more we demand of ourselves (and others), are all things which are validated everywhere in our society. But does hard work equal success?
In contemplating the difference between healthy hard work and workaholism, as well as the challenge of “efforting,” I wonder if maybe hard work isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe the myth of hard work is actually getting in our way of real success and fulfillment?
[2:40] The woman who worked hard.
[6:53] Is it possible to get things done effectively and in a timely manner?
[9:52] Managing our energy and managing our time.
[12:03] Validation for workaholism.
[14:27] The difference between healthy hard work, workaholism, and efforting.
[19:32] The emotional journey of creating anything great.
[23:08] Maybe hard work isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
[26:13] Familiar patterns are easy to shroud ourselves in.
[28:50] A challenge to break up beliefs about work.
“There are lots of people in the world who work really hard, and that doesn’t necessarily guarantee success.” @mikedrobbinsClick to tweet
“I think there is a difference between healthy hard work and efforting.” @mikedrobbinsClick to tweet