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I wrote about working hard once – here’s the post.
I was thinking more about it today. I’m still trying to work out this idea, but here’s the basic gist.
Only you can determine what it means to work hard – but everyone else can tell whether you’re working hard or not.
I think in my mind I work hard, but I think I might be asking the wrong questions. I think the better question is what are you working towards. What is it that you want to achieve? Where is it that you want to go? You can work hard, but if it’s not getting you to your goal, you’re wasting time. So work hard, but work hard at knowing what is your goal.
work·a·hol·ic (wûrk-hôlk, -hlk)
- The act of seducing.
- The condition of being seduced.
- Something that seduces or has the qualities to seduce; an enticement.
adj., -i·er, -i·est. Busyness
- Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
- Sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
- Meddlesome; prying.
- Being in use, as a telephone line.
- Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.
tr.v., -ied, -y·ing, -ies.
To make busy; occupy:
There is something so safe and comforting about busyness. We are conditioned and taught to keep moving and to not stay still. I love that phrase – that it is an seduction to fill our lives with so much stuff that we almost feel guilty if we’re not doing something. I mean, it actually takes a lot of effort to not do anything. I have seen people fill their lives with so much stuff that they can’t enjoy what is freely available to them – time. Instead of enjoying it, they get busy.
Take some time to consider if you are being seduced by busyness. What you do with it is up to you.
It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
I am representing SDCC today (www.sdcc.edu). I’m at a college fair for 12 hours today. I was thinking about this though, we all represent someone or something.
You represent yourself.
You represent the school that you go to or the place you work.
You represent your family.
You represent your people.
You represent your God.
You represent your friends.
You even represent things that you may not know that you represent. It’s unfair sometimes, but it’s life.
Represent. Represent to the best of your ability and your expectations. It’s not always possible to hit other’s expectations of you, but we represent nonetheless.
Who do you represent?
So does that mean when I complain about it that – that represents me? Does that define me? I read the line from a blog that I follow. I won’t write on here which one, but I’ll tell you if you really want to know – @Lemness or e mail me – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think the better line is that you define a part of yourself by the work that you do. You are also defined by a bunch of other thing that are outside of your control:
Who your parents are.
What order you are in your family.
Where you grew up.
Why your parents divorced.
Your conditioning as a kid.
The stuff that was projected on to you when you were growing up.
You are defined by the work that you do, but not completely. Sometimes you are defined by what you don’t do as well – you lazy person you.
You are defined by things in your control (the work that you do) and by many other things that you cannot control (the work that is done to you).