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The old “work hard” paradigm

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Asking people who have gone through the peaks and valleys of their careers, I often hear them say that you must work hard to achieve success.

But what does working hard even mean for your career and life?

From Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More:

Under the old “work hard” paradigm, high achievers tend to become stressed out, even burned out. You work harder and your performance improves, but your quality of life plummets.

Perhaps this compromise exists in a corporate setting, but people seldom talk about it. Because wouldn’t it be sad to admit that improving your work performance actually costs you your quality of life?

But did you know?

There’s a kind of work that refreshes.

It’s not really about working hard for the sake of it. Rather, it’s about working heartily.

Colossians 3:22-24 AMPC

22 Servants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not only when their eyes are on you as pleasers of men, but in simplicity of purpose [with all your heart] because of your reverence for the Lord and as a sincere expression of your devotion to Him.

23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,

24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).


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