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What is Hard Work?

What is Hard Work?

Posted on November 19, 2010

This blog post is the first one in the series of posts that I will be writing on the “Mindset Change” that is needed to have a new mental model.  A new mental model that does not differentiate between work life, personal life, family life or social life.

Mindset determines how we think and how we behave.  To change the mindset we first need to get new insights which in turn cause new thought patterns in our brain.  So, I will try to provide a new insight with each blog post.

What is “Hard Work” in this day and age?

A generation or two ago, hard work meant physical labor.  Majority of workers did physical labor in farms, in factories, in mines etc., Today, majority of the workers are “Knowledge Workers”.  According to a study, knowledge workers are now estimated to outnumber all other workers in North America by at least a four to one margin.  Someone said that “Hard work is doing what you don’t want to do” .   How does this quote apply to a Knowledge worker?

In today’s world, a knowledge worker may not want make a phone call to an unruly customer, may not want to reply back to an urgent e-mail, may not want to document a detailed report, may not want to make a tough decision, may not want to work on a difficult problem, etc., …. none of which is physically draining but nonetheless “hard work”.   But, give these same tasks to someone who enjoys doing any of these then it will not feel “hard work”.  So, in reality it is actually not hard work but only one’s perception.

So, hard work is not a real, tangible thing.  It changes from person to person.   Which brings me to my point, if you like what you are doing then there is no hard work.  Hard work is only in your mind.   So, folks if you are one of the millions of knowledge workers then the answer to “What is Hard Work?” is “There is no Hard Work”.

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  • Reply What is a work week? « Its One Life! Lets be more productive November 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

    […] post on Its One Life! series of mindset change.  In my last post I answered the question, “What is Hard Work?” in this day and age.  In this post I will provide my insight into what a work week […]

  • Reply Ayesha Hakim December 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Great info and perspective to look at hard work. I guess hard work can be enjoyable if you like what you are doing and the results give you that satisfaction at the end of the day.

  • Reply Shakeel Akhtar December 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Yes, absolutely !!!

    As my colleague used to say with regards to health advice from his doctor. All research has been done and all studies have come back with the findings that everyone already knew. “To be healthy, you need to eat less and work out more”. Similarly, all research and all books on employee productivity point to one thing. “If you love what you do then you will get more done in less time”. Thanks for the comment.

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