Success Is Not Measured By How Hard You Work

Many people, including myself are guilty of devoting far too many hours to their work, even when it becomes detrimental to other aspects of their lives.   I lived with the assumption for the longest time, that if I worked longer hours, put in more time, and got more done than everyone else that I would be noticed more, and rewarded for my efforts.   For a while this was true, when you’re in an entry level position going the extra mile will get you noticed, and will help you to advance quicker to the front line supervisor and management positions.   This is true at that level, the harder you work, the faster you’ll be able to move up, because you’ll stand out.

Once you get to a middle or senior level management job though, this is no longer a part of your success.   This occurs for a number of reasons.

Once you reach a middle management level position a few things change:

  • The amount of people that depend on your work increases substantially.
  • The impact your work makes on the rest of your team grows significantly.
  • You carry a responsibility over a larger portion of the business.
  • You will have substantially more stressors in your work life.
  • You will already tend to have to be more available if an issue were to come up.

At this point, if you spend all of your time working and just try to accomplish a greater quantity of work than anyone else you’ll most likely find yourself burning out.   As somebody who has burnt out multiple times so early in my career, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.   Secondly, this push to work the largest number of hours can cause 1 of 2 things to happen:

  1. You will try to accomplish a larger number of tasks than is expected.
  2. You will allow yourself more time than needed to complete each task.

Let’s look at why both scenarios can be detrimental to your success.

When you try to accomplish a larger number of tasks than you are expected to, or than you need to, some of these tasks will end up being an exercise in futility.   If others did not need to do this to be successful in this position, then the probability that you NEED to do them is also low.  Secondly, you will most likely find that the quality of your work will be lessened as it is nearly impossible to focus 100% for extended periods of time.

When you allow yourself more time than needed to complete a task you will most likely fall into yet another trap I’ve been guilty of many times.   When I give myself too much time to accomplish a task, I begin to overthink things, and second guess myself.   When either of these things happen, you may end up with a reduced quality of work, and less confidence in the end result versus had you complete the task in a more reasonable amount of time.

The moral of the story here, if that sometimes you need to take time for yourself, and remember that you only need to work as much as you need to work to complete your job effectively.   Don’t put in a bunch of extra hours just because you think it will help you to stand out.  There is people that look up to you at this level, and that’s not the impression you want to teach them either.

Until Next Time,


Weekend Motivation

“Success isn’t about what you accomplish in life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – Steve Jobs

Let’s go forth this weekend and focus on not what we can do, but what we can inspire others to do in the upcoming week. Be the best that you can be, not only for yourself but also to help those around you.

Above all else, have a great weekend everyone!



Do whatever you do intensely – Robert Henri

We’ve talked a lot lately about focus, and giving 100% of your focus to every goal you set your mind to, but focus isn’t the only thing you need to be successful.

You need an intensity, a passion to achieve what you’re aiming to achieve to be the best at what you’re doing.

Whatever it is you’re doing, do it intensely channeling all the passion you have for what you’re doing into that one task at a time, and you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved.

You can’t devote 100% of your focus to a goal, without an intense desire to achieve that goal. If you desire something intensely enough, and channel your focus into that thing, anything that gets in your way will be but a hurdle rather than a full on obstacle, or worse yet that brick wall that you feel keeps you from continuing all together.

Let’s be intense, let’s desire nothing more than this one goal that we so intensely want to achieve, and let’s go forth this week knowing that we can achieve it.

Until Next Time!


Focus, Focus, Focus

Bill Gates once said “Only through focus can do world-class things, no matter how capable you are”

Truer words have rarely been spoken. It doesn’t matter how great you are if you can’t focus on a goal and continue to develop to work towards that goal!

Everyone has the talent to be great at something, but few people will put in the focus, invest the time, and spend every waking moment thinking about achieving the great things they aspire to achieve.

Success isn’t a part time goal, it has to be your focus 100% of the time. You need to be thinking about it when you wake up in the morning, when you fall asleep at night, and dreaming about success while you sleep. As we’ve discussed before, everyone has a different ideal of what their version of success looks like, but we all start from a similar place. We begin with a talent, and we need to invest time and focus to take that talent, and use it to achieve great things.

When you focus on achieving these goals and set small attainable goals, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!

At the end of the day, no matter what you’re doing, focus is the most important aspect, so let’s move forward focussing on our respective goals and growing into our individual ideals of success.

Leave a comment or drop me an email if you have questions or ideas for a topic you’d like covered!


Weekend Motivation

As humans we have this subconscious need to think about the things that could go wrong, which I suppose is helpful when we’re making rational decisions about how to hunt down a wild buffalo. Or before we go running into traffic. But this is our subconscious minds doing this thinking. We can focus out conscious minds on bigger and better, but focusing on what we desire most, and not letting what scares us get in the way.

Have a great weekend and great week ahead.

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