How to Become a Hard Worker While Loving What You Do, Part 1

What’s the first thing that pops up in your mind when you hear the word ‘work’?

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Most would confess that it makes them upset right away as the picture of dreadful Mondays occurs in their head.

We think of effort and pressure, of a grumpy boss, unpleasant atmosphere, stuff we have to do in a short time, boredom, being average, low salary, etc.

The word has received a quite negative meaning through the years.

But I think that everything can be good or bad, right or wrong. It’s all about the way we look at it and the reasons we have for starting and going on.

I believe that hard work is a must in the life of someone who’s decided to do something big, become someone, create, help and make money.
But it has to be more than just work…

In this post I’m going to write about purpose, passion, dedication, going the extra mile and becoming a hard worker (with the help of some experts in the niche that have already achieved that). Because all these are what you need in order to live a remarkable life and have everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Be a Hard Worker and Do What You’re Passionate About in 8 Steps

  1. Purpose.

You need to know what you want and why you want it.

That’s your deepest desire, dreams and goals, values and beliefs, conviction and understanding of how life works. When combined, these form your purpose.

So you need to figure out what it is.

Here are the only two posts you’ll need to read on the subject:

How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes
How to find your life purpose: an unconventional approach

  1. Passion.

The only things you’ll ever be good at in life, are the things you’re passionate about. That means that you care about them, they move you, you’re willing to give them your time and love, you’re ready to make sacrifices.

It may be your family – spending time with them as much as you can, keeping them safe, helping them, making them smile.

Or your fitness life – a significant part of your time, energy and money goes to your workout routine, eating clean, staying motivated, connecting with others interested in that, learning more about how your body works, etc.

It may be blogging – if you’re passionate about it, you’ll search for every opportunity to write, post, promote, read or else. You’ll spend hours and hours working on your little online world and will give up on other things in your life that are less important.

Some are most passionate about their looks. They eat in a way that will make them slim and fresh, are crazy about the latest fashion trends, buy cosmetics all the time and so on.

People are individuals and their interests are numerous. But whatever your passion is, you’ll know when you find it.

Then your job is to follow it.

  1. Know why it’s necessary to work hard on it.

Tynan answers that question this way in his post about loving the work you do:

“To fall in love with hard work, you must understand why it’s necessary. When I was young I was told that sugar was bad, but I never understood exactly why it was bad, so I kept eating it. Only when I learned how it chemically affected my body did I finally give it up. The same is true of work– if you don’t know why you have to work hard and love it, you’ll probably never actually do it…

Work is your gift to the world. That sounds corny, but it’s true. And believe me, you owe the world a gift or two. Think of all of the various things that millions of people around the world have done for you to enjoy the life you have. They made up languages, invented stuff, procreated at the exact right times to create your ancestry, and managed to not kill each other in the process. We’re lucky to be here, and the high standard of living we all enjoy now is only because of those who came before us. Some, like Einstein, had huge impact, but even people you don’t notice, like the janitors, are making your life better…

And when you do things that are hard and you push through them, you become a better person. So hard stuff is a chance to prove your worth to yourself, and the easy stuff is to give back to the world, to use your gifts and leverage them so that others benefit. There’s a balance to it. When you love work you understand and embrace that balance…”

The point is to find your reasons, to find the ‘why’ that lies deep inside you and  to keep reminding yourself of it on your way to becoming a hard worker and improving your lifestyle.

  1. Fall in love with what you do.

Do it with all your heart and soul.

Nothing compares to the success of having the chance to make a career out of what you love doing. But before that comes hard work.

So what’s your passion?

And here’s part 2 of this post.

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Lidiya K

Lidiya K

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    1. Cannot agree with Tynan. Absolute rubbish.
      Research has continually proved that a tired worker is not a good worker and that productivity falls – despite your illusions to the contrary.
      Read “Wilful Blindness” by Margaret Heffernan for some key points that you are missing.

      1. I respect your opinion.

        But there is a certain period in the beginning of every venture where you need to hustle, to push hard and work more than the average person, so that you can jumpstart a new business or turn an idea into reality.
        And eventually achieve more than the average.

        And if it’s connected to your passion, it doesn’t feel like such an effort. Because it’s something you do for yourself, you enjoy, and are getting good at.

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