The Purpose of Hard Work

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Two quotations about hard work:

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”
- Vince Lombardi

“If you look at our parent’s generation, they are not really interested in the results, but how hard you work. It’s that old school work ethic. I hear this from people, that their significance comes from how hard they work, how stressed out they are. ‘I have no free time. I’m so busy. I’m so important at work. They could never survive without me.’ I have always really disliked that attitude.”
-Unknown

First of all, you can’t argue with Vince Lombardi. He was a legend.

I can’t remember where I heard the second quotation. It was in an interview, and I wrote it down.

The quotations are pretty much completely opposed. One quotation praises hard work, while the other puts it down.

The word that’s missing from both quotations is “purpose.” A purpose is the underlying reason for the hard work.

If you’re working hard without a purpose, you’re just a hamster running on a wheel.

If you’ve got a purpose but aren’t willing to work hard, you’re a hamster who’s just wandering around his cage, going nowhere.

Lombardi’s quotation assumes this. He assumes that you already got yourself a purpose. (In his case, it was winning.)

It’s not that hard: Get clear on your purpose — and then get to work.

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