How many times have we heard someone that we look up to say how hard they worked to get to where they are?
And how many times do we hear that in conjunction with how many hours they worked every day?
Of course, working long hours, every day, is hard, but is that what it takes to “make it” and is that actually hard work?
There’s always been this notion that working long hours is required to succeed. However, if that was true we could all fill our days with random tasks to reach the 14-hour mark.
But does that mean we will also “make it”?
What if you instead worked 14 hours in one day, to hire the right assistant that let you cut down your day to 6 working hours. Does that mean you are not working hard anymore?
Seth Godin gave a great example of this in his blog where he compared two workers unloading heavy boxes from a tractor.
One of the workers worked the whole day to unload the tractor, he was exhausted, he got blisters on his fingers, strained back, etc.
A hard days work, right?
However, the other worker used his people skills to borrow a hand truck from the company next door. An hour later, he was finished and still felt fresh.
Who worked the hardest?
If you think about it, it’s hard to go talk to someone and try utilising your people skills to get what you want. It would be easier to just stay quiet and do the work yourself. But in the end, doing the hard work of asking someone for help, paid off, not working long hours.
We can apply the same thinking to our own lives
For example, what’s easier, stay at home and make music for hours on end or go out and meet other musicians to work with that could spark new ideas, create new projects and help us speed up the process?
I know what my answer to that is, what’s yours? (Let me know in the comments below)
Furthermore, I mentioned “making it” previously and that’s something that we have to decide for ourselves what that is, since it’s different for everybody, and then make a plan of how we can reach that goal.
It’s following our plan and keep going even though nothing seems to be working, to seek help when we need to, to get guidance when we are lost. That is the hard work of fighting for your dreams.
We can all fill our days with pointless stuff just to seem busy but it might not be the hard work that’s necessary for us to do.
I hope this will inspire you to think differently and question if working long hours actually will pay off, or should you instead do the hard work that’s necessary for you to accomplish your goal?
Share your thoughts about this in the comments below and let’s get the discussion going!