This was once a value to be passed on, but it is now outdated.
When people are having nervous breakdowns and having to take medical leaves because of burnout we have a problem.
When people are putting work before their well-being and that of their children and partners there is a problem.
There is a saying that people will push you as far as you let them. This used to be reserved for school bullies and abusive partners, but now it has made its way into the workforce.
Many have taken medical leaves or Covid leaves in the past two years, however, it is hard to fully relax when you know that you will be returning to the same environment in a few weeks/months. What’s the point?
There are still too many people promoting the work hard and hustle culture. Has anyone asked why?
Is it to make millionaires, and billionaires richer at the expense of their hard-working low paid workers?
If your goal is to get a raise, a promotion, and recognition you are taking the wrong approach.
Other factors play roles, and they are rarely highlighted. Some have figured it out. Now that I am out of the workforce, I have figured it out too.
How can you earn a living without missing out on living your life?
First, you need to stop focusing on the numbers thrown around in society. People get so focused on numbers that they lose sight of everything else. They think I must work harder if I want to have a million at retirement. Oh, and then you learn that 1 million is no longer enough because of inflation. Maybe 2 million will be enough. This creates the hustle and hard-working culture that is making everyone rely on caffeine and medication to get through the day.
Those numbers are not reality. Each person’s situation is personal. You do need to have some savings going into retirement, but a million? What do you need all that money for? You technically should be living your life now. In retirement will you have the energy and stamina for a 15-day adventurous backpacking trip?
Most people die with a lot of money in the bank. Your goal should be to die with zero. If you have children, they should be getting their inheritance while you are alive. All the lessons, classes, and coaching for activities that enhance their learning are investments. They should be contributing financially toward their future now by learning to save, spend and invest with money that they get for their birthdays and allowance.
Once you die, they can sell your home and get more cash there or rent it out to earn passive income.
So, what are you working so hard for?
You get recognition and job security by doing other things besides working hard.
- Be political at work
Humbly share what you have accomplished that has made your company better
- Work smart
Stop trying to be perfect; Focus on being good enough
Don’t waste time over researching; 1-3 sources are plenty for small projects
Don’t respond to everything (a simple thumbs up that show you understand and received the message is fine)
- Keep a short to-do list
Don’t overwhelm yourself with long lists that will never be done in a day
Have 3 big tasks and 3 small tasks on your daily to-do list
- Take breaks after every hour of focused work
Do something for yourself every hour (take a walk, go outside, stretch for 10 minutes, do a quick YouTube video, start meal prepping, do house chores)
- Be likable
Be present with people. Show them that they matter.
Offer to help when someone is struggling and you not
The goal is to not let work be the front and center of your life.
What matters to you?
Make sure that your daily life reflects your values.
Working hard is not the answer to a successful life. Being healthy and happy is. Focus on being happy and healthy and you will be successful.