Hard work can sabotage your success
In a interview with Thrive Global, Jeff Bezos says, “Eight hours of sleep makes a big difference for me, and I try hard to make that a priority. For me, that’s the needed amount to feel energized and excited. When you’re talking about decisions and interactions, quality is usually more important than quantity.”
He explains further that it is more important to take a small number of key decisions instead of a large number of choices because the quality is usually more important than quantity.
Jeff Bezos says that prioritizing his habit of sleeping 8 hours a day has been key to our success.
To be successful, you need negotiation and communication skills, awesome personality, likability, and creativity. Working hard many hours a day will not help you, it will instead negatively affect the qualities you need to be successful.
“Hard work is the key to success” is an outdated concept. Since our childhood, this statement has been said to us over and over. We hear it in schools, from our parents, and in our workplaces, too.
I also was motivated to work hard on some point. In recent years, I have found out that hard is, in fact, a barrier to success.
As an average person, I am not chasing name and fame.
In my view, success as a comfortable life with my family. I must have space to have quality time with family. I have to afford a good house and a car. I don’t want stress. I need enough money to run a comfortable life. My life has to be meaningful. If I have all those, I will consider I have success.
Success means to achieve and maintain a high quality of life.
You cannot have a high standard of life working hard. The power of your passion is your means to success, not worthless hardworking. Working hard is a constant burden both physically and mentally. With broke health you will not succeed, you will harm yourself instead.
Hard work costs happiness in life; it undermines the quality of life. Hard work creates so much mental burden that would lose your productivity. You work continually sacrificing your leisure, entertainment, and even sex. In this way, you are not going anywhere close to success.
The agriculture workers in India work hard. Garments workers of Bangladesh work hardest. The construction workers in Dubai die working hard to build the tallest building in the world.
Hard work is inversely proportional to success. Too much work jeopardizes the potential of success. You work not just for the living. You should enjoy your work. Hardship is not something you want.
Successful companies send their valuable employees to vacation for the change. All successful companies ensure that employees don’t get bored. If they get bored and tired, they lose their creative energy.
To keep your brain, function good, you need a regular workout and healthy diet. If you work very hard, you will hardly get enough time for well-being. The outcome of your hard work will fall. The quality of work will decline, too.
I live and work in Denmark. Danes work less than workers of other European countries. They get the more extended vacation than other European countries. More holidays given to workers have contributed to the productivity of Denmark which is more than European countries and the USA as well.
If you think that you will work hard for some years and then enjoy the rest of your life, that plan does not work. First of all, you will not achieve much by hard work, and you will lose your health before you reach your goal.
Be innovative and productive. Take rest and have fun to fuel your creative energy. Avoid work hard.