In this video by Mike Rowe, he explains how and why America has a dysfunctional relationship with work. While I don’t want to believe that is the case for everyone, the point he makes about most people just wanting to take shortcuts these days is a valid point in my opinion. Shortcuts are attractive. He mentions the book, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss as an example of people being attracted to that and since it is next on my reading list and it has been on every bestsellers list out there, that even furthered my interest into what Mike was saying in this video. Is it really true that people have lost touch with working hard to become successful in life and have traded in hard work for taking shortcuts?
In answering this I should take the other side as well. Success shouldn’t be punished. If you are a successful person and can not work as much, then I am happy for you. This reminds me of the saying, “Work smarter, not harder.” There are some things in life that can be done easier than they are and if you can speed up the process, why not? I believe a better way to state this is to say if an opportunity comes for you to take and it is attractive, then take it. That is why preparation is so important.
As John Wooden said,
“When an opportunity presents itself, it is too late to prepare.”
But on the other hand, if hard work is involved to get there, don’t shy away from it. Most things worth having never came easy. Putting time and effort into your work is a rewarding thing, too. Embrace the journey, because you will be better for the hard work in the end. This video from Mike definitely has me thinking about my own life and the hard work in it vs. the shortcuts that I take from time to time. Hopefully it at least makes us all stop and realize that some things just require harder work.
What is something in life that you had to put hard work into to see progress in? You can leave your comment below.