I’m an advocate for ambition and diligence. I believe our dreams will never be fulfilled and success will never be achieved if we just sit around, wasting time, hoping that something magically comes our way. That being said, I strongly believe we should maintain some sort of balance when it comes to working toward our goals.
I attended an event last weekend and something said by the guest speaker really stood out to me. He was a seasoned Attorney at Law with over 20 years’ experience—clearly well established and successful in his field. He stood up in a room with over 1000 people who all expected him to give a typical monotonous speech about working exhaustively hard and being an overachiever etc. Instead, he grabbed the audience’s full attention by speaking about how important it is to help others wherever you can on your road to success, to focus on your family no matter what, and to take proper care of your health—“Have you ever seen how hard-work looks on a hospital bed?” he asked.
I decided to write about it because I feel as though sometimes we get so caught up working too hard, that we put aside doing the more important things in life. We keep thinking to ourselves that we have time left to make up for these things—we’ll spend family time next weekend, we’ll start eating right and exercising next month, we’ll help someone the next time around… and the list goes on.
Have you realised that because we’re so engrossed in working all the time, a day goes by like an hour, a year goes by like a month, and 10 years go by like a year? We’re always “too busy” for what’s really important and never seem to have time for anything besides checking things off our to-do list. Or… when we actually do make some time, we’re never fully engaged in the moment because our mind is so fixated on what’s pending to get done.
I know that most of us need to work our butts off to keep ourselves and our family afloat, but I’ll tell anyone: No matter what you’re working for, work smart not hard, and don’t ever forget to dedicate time to help others along the way, spend time with your family, and take care of your health as best you can; because in the end, no amount of money you earn can buy you the time to go back and do those things.
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