Are you Working Hard, or Doing Hard Work?

Successful people and unsuccessful people, rich people and poor people, they all have the same amount of hours in the day. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Steve Ballmer and Donald Trump have got no more time in their day to achieve success than you or I.

We have been taught that working hard brings success, but I have found this statement to be false. It’s not working hard, but doing hard work that makes you successful. We all instinctively know what we have to do to be successful. Want to loose weight? Eat less, exercise more. Want to be rich? Make more money, spend less. Want a better relationship with your children or wife? Be a better husband or father. Want a promotion at work? Add more value to the company. Knowing what to do is instinctive, but doing it, is hard.

So most people work hard, spending long hours doing unimportant things to have the excuse that they don’t have time to do the things that really matter.

To quote Gordon Ramsay” It’s no use spending all your time in the kitchen scrubbing pots, to avoid going out there and doing what is important.” “All you will end up with is clean pots.”

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  1. Reply Diana Eftaiha October 11, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    haha funny saying. well i think working hard and doing hard work are both the same on the end. as long as it gets you where you wanna go, whatever works for you!

    • Reply Jurie October 12, 2010 at 9:32 AM

      Thanks for you comment Diana. The point that I was trying to make is that most people sit at the office, spend all their time doing things that are not really important, and in the long run, it is not really getting them anywhere. They use being busy as an time excuse not to be executing a plan for a better life. If you are in a dead end job, where nobody appreciates the work that you do, working hard there is not going to get you anywhere.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is much appreciated, Best Wishes

  2. Reply Theo October 16, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Nice article and i like the quote in your comment @Jurie : “If you are in a dead end job, where nobody appreciates the work that you do, working hard there is not going to get you anywhere.”

  3. Reply Sanskar Tanmor November 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Hi Jurie, nice article. There is a lot difference in working hard and doing hard work. One major difference is that… one makes you weak and gives nothing and another makes you strong and gives satisfaction. And the second comment Theo already appreciated you. Thanks for thoughtful article.

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