Why our hard work doesn't pay off? - A very personal answer to this genuine question.

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I'm an investment hustler for many years. There's a long way to go before I can introduce myself as a successful one. This doesn't mean I'm a lazy guy rather I'm doing hard work as much as I can.

So why doesn't my hard work pay off?

I searched for this answer for a very long. After observing my surroundings and analyzing many examples I came to realize, " it's not a fact that our hard work will return us favor with success." If it does, then we are lucky. But for many of us, or I would say for the vast majority, it doesn't, at least proportionately.

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Hard Work x Luck = Success

I believe this formula tells only half the story. But it's not always true though.

  1. Firstly, it depends on what we are doing and how we are doing it. Someone doing 15 hours shift in a restaurant and some other one is earning the same or more doing less. We would consider the first one as hard work but clearly, there are many factors that influence this reality.

  2. Secondly, when we compare our life with others, there we will see a huge gap. The truth is, the outcomes of my life now and in the future have and always will be greatly influenced by the work I have put into things.

In conclusion, I would say, success is like an iceberg. It's hard to see what's going on underwater. So when we tag other's work as 'less' comparatively ours, we do not justice.

Keeping all these facts aside, it's true that even after working our a*s off, we can't always become successful or let's say reach our goals.

Why so?

We need to put enough effort according to the changed time to reach the right kind of goal.

This is complicated, I know. Because only putting effort will never get us there. That's what happening in my case. I failed to change my goal/setup according to time.

We need to acknowledge the importance of chance, which can blow away or turn in our favor based on our preparedness. This is the major factor in terms of reaching our goals.

So you see the success and hard work equation is not as simple as we think it is.

What I came to realize is -

I work in short bursts. I have a huge lack of motivation. Sometimes I do work day and night and after a few days lose all motivation and seat doing nothing. Keeping continuity is the biggest challenge for me. And that's why I wouldn't consider it 'hard work.' Also, I only work when I feel others are winning the race. This toxic mentality doesn't help in competition rather it makes me drain out.

Keeping all this in mind, I know exactly why my hard work is not paying me off. I have given you enough food for thought. Now it's your turn to think about why yours is not working.

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1 year ago


Hmm. Thank you so much for this explanation. It is very helpful. I appreciate you

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Thanks for reading.

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