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Hard Work != Working Hard

Hard Work != Working Hard
Alyssa, Eli, and Drew. So long as you continue to open these posts – I will continue to write them. Thank you for your attention.

Wow! Another vague title. I'm really outdoing myself here.

Today's post is going to be short and sweet. I only have 1 big idea that I want you to take away.

And that is...

Hard Works Means Doing Work That Is Hard.



You might be wondering why this was made into a post.

Good question!

Hard! Hard! Hard!

When your parents told you that all you needed to succeed was "hard work".

How did you interpret that?

If you're like me, you might have guessed it meant increasing the amount of effort you threw at a task.

If you thought like me, that's great. Because we're both dead wrong.

Do that which is HARD. Don't increase your effort.

What if the real meaning behind doing hard work was attempting to do things that were "difficult"?

Doing "hard" things like:

  • Starting a business
  • Asking that person out
  • Quitting your job
  • Forgiving people from your past
  • Healing

These are "hard" things to do. It's hard work.

But that doesn't mean you need to toil, suffer, or exhaust yourself. It also doesn't mean you need to be doing it 12 hours a day for the next 6 years.

It can take little to no effort to ask that person out. To heal. To start that business.

We should start building a habit of doing hard things. Just starting is enough.

You'll soon realize that what was once "hard" was actually just a psychological assessment of that task. We make assumptions about the things we have to do and predict whether or not we'll be successful.

It's that feedback loop that stops us.

I can predict that getting up and getting ice cream from the fridge is easy.

I can also predict that scaling a business to 100k MRR is hard.

But it doesn't mean either is true.

Ask Your Mind For Proof

A simple exercise to stop your mind from predicting is asking a simple question:

Do you have proof?

The next time your mind says "You're not good enough to start that business" you say "Where's the proof?"

Or when it says "You're not good-looking enough the ask that person out" you'll come back with "Where's the proof you ass?"

Your mind doesn't have any. Even if it does, is it any good? Is it rooted in evidence? It's all a perception. It's all a fugazi.

Do you have proof that X thing is actually hard? Or is your mind just waffling?

Answer that and you'll be on your way to doing great things

with love,