The RIGHT WAY: Working hard is about doubling down on what you’re best at and love most. When you work hard in your genius and in your flow, it doesn’t feel like hard work. The reward is in the work, because you keep getting better at what you’re best at.
That’s why two of the wealthiest men in the world, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, keep on working hard even though they don’t need to.
As Warren Buffett says, “Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”
The WRONG WAY: Hard work is the opposite of working hard. It’s when you work on the things you’re not greatest at. It’s when you feel like you’re swimming upstream, and life becomes a struggle. Instead of every hour leaving you more energized, it leaves you more exhausted.
We all have the same 24 hours of time. Use yours wisely. Are you in your flow? Or out of flow? What do you need to change and who do you need to surround yourself with so their strengths match your weaknesses and everyone can work hard at what they’re best at?
Benjamin Franklin said: “Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”
10 more second opinions:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” ~ Steve Jobs
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” ~ Marc Antony
“Talent is good. Practice is better. Passion is best.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” ~ Nietzsche
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” ~ Rumi
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“My philosophy has always been, ‘do what you love and the money will follow.” ~ Amy Weber
“The more enjoyment you get out of your work, the more money you will make.” ~ Mark Twain
“If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.” ~ Bill Gates