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Hard Work or Hardly Working?

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Lisa Ricard Claro   No Comments Yet | Posted in challenges · commercial writing · hard work · quotes · working · Writing

At the end of last week’s post I promoted “hard work” for this week’s topic.  See, my husband made an off-hand comment that stuck with me. It was so off-hand he probably won’t remember saying it. Here it is: “Not everything is about writing, sweetie.”

Gak! WTF? Not everything is . . . what?

See, in my world, pretty much everything IS about writing. I’ve gotten so one-tracked it’s scary.  I mean, as if writing to publish isn’t challenging enough, I threw commercial writing into the mix, too. Oy.

But does that mean I’m working hard? Or hardly working? How can something we love and look forward to be considered work? For example:

Ironing. That’s work for me. But I know someone for whom ironing is a relaxing activity. “It’s mindless!” I said once, to which she replied, “Exactly!”

Chairing committees. That’s work for me. But my mother-in-law was a social butterfly with the organizational skills of a Roman general. She chaired everything from the Jr. League of Women Voters to the French Cooking Club.  She could organize a moon landing in her sleep and never break a sweat.

Writing. Is it work? I know people who tell me that for them it is. But since it’s an activity I jump into at every opportunity, how can I call it “work?” And if I do label it as hard work, does it mean that I’m masochistic on some level to enjoy it so much?

What do you think? If you enjoy something and find it a pleasure in spite of the effort required, do you consider it work or play? Can something that delights you be lumped with the stuff that doesn’t just because it takes gargantuan effort? Or is “challenge” a better word?
 
Here are some quotes by famous people about hard work. The one thing they all agree on is that it is a requirement of success.

Without hard work nothing grows but weeds. —Gordon B. Hinckley

For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work. —Jessica Savitch

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. —Ann Landers

There is no substitute for hard work. —Thomas Edison

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. —Stephen King

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. —Colin Powell

Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret.  That is why I win. —Nadia Comaneci

No great achiever—even those who made it look easy—ever succeeded without hard work. —Jonathan Sacks

See you next week for the naked truth about . . . Blogs!

Have a great week –
Lisa

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