Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
– Teddy Roosevelt
Man has been plagued for years with the question of whether it is better to work hard, or work hard enough and no more. In this post we are going to look at both sides and see if we are better to just do enough to make it and conserve our energy, or to work hard at everything we do at all times.
Hard Work: The Killer
There is ample research in the world that working too hard, can end your life early. In 1969 the first instance of someone working themselves to the point of death was documented. In 1987 the Japanese ministry of Labour officially acknowledged that overwork can lead to death. The act of overwork causes physical issue that lead to death. One such instance happened in 1996 when a top Toyota designer was working more than 80 hours of overtime a month, and died due to restricted blood flow to his heart. The ruling on his death stated that the overwork and approaching deadline lead to his death.
This is an instance where someone was worked to death. But does this show that Hard Work kills, or the stress and despair associated with a job that is not exciting to you kills?
Hard Work: The Inspirer
I can look back on my life and see many days of hard work that allowed me to actually end the day feeling better physically, mentally, and morally than how I had started the day. There are also numerous people throughout history that prove how Hard Work can help you attain a better life: men like Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, the Spartans in their hayday, Jimmy Stewart, Teddy Roosevelt, and many, many more.
When we approach work with a fervor and enthusiasm that drives us to excellence, then we walk away from a job well done feeling as if we have made a difference, and that is a feeling that allows us to rest more completely, feel better about ourselves, and long to make a difference again.
When Hard Work stops Inspiring and starts Killing
It is easy to see both sides the Hard Work sword. One side of the blade can kill, the other side can benefit. There is a definitive point in life when Hard Work stops aiding your life and starts ending your life. The studies and facts can best be summed up by Teddy Roosevelt, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Find work worth doing, and look at it with the proper perspective.
The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.
– Bruce Lee
Know the moment when to work diligently.
Even more important, know the moment when not to work, but to relax and play instead.
This will not only benefit you immensely, but also will astonish your friends and competitors.
– from The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success
Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.
– Oscar Wilde
A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich
man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can’t think
of anything else to do.
– W. H. Auden
Why do I work so hard? Because millions who collect welfare depend on me.
– Author Unknown