Pardon my frankness, but there’s a lot of hard-core, macho bullshit out there at the minute. Loud, shouty voices telling us that hard work is the only route to success…that we’ve got to put the hours in, that business owners don’t have free-time or time for holidays…that we have to show that we’re “committed”…that if we don’t start work at 5am and are still going at 2 the following morning, we’re pussies, and don’t deserve success…
Well, I guess that depends on what you class as success, doesn’t it.
For me success is about understanding your true priorities – the things that are really important in your life; things like your health, your relationships, financial freedom, leaving a legacy, making a difference – and consciously working on all of them, every day and every week…reminding yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing, what your ideal future…your version of success…looks like.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in working hard…and I do, it was the way I was brought up.I’ll work hard when I have a deadline to meet, a commitment to keep, a client to deliver for.But I won’t just work silly hours for effect…to boast about it on social media…or because I think that’s what entrepreneurs should do. I’ll put systems in place to make my life easier, and get help when I need to…when hard work needs to be done…but not necessarily by me!
There are too many examples of people who burnt themselves out, took to drugs to keep themselves going, have a life littered with failed relationships.People who worked bloody hard to make money and failed to make a life.
Life can be simple and you can be truly successful when you get conscious about what’s really important to you…when you stop to smell the roses or the coffee now and again…when you take a break and spend time with people who make you laugh or people you love.
Life is short, and it’s for living today…making every day of it count.