You rise to the alarm, time to start another day, time to face another 10-hour shift. You rise for the kids, you rise for your spouse, you rise out of habit, whatever the reason the day will be hard. You sacrifice hour after hour, put in your time for reasons bigger than yourself. You have bills to pay, a family to support, a lifestyle to gain, a hunger buried deep inside you to achieve more. This daily routine feels soul crushing, like you are chained to an anchor sinking fast as the light fades from the surface. Weekends fly by too quickly, the fun in life, the important moments seem fleeting and scarce. Welcome to the grind!
If you're spending days working your ass off to exchange hours for money in the bank you are not wasting your time. The grind is a necessary part of earning experience and knowledge to gain the ability of leveraging your experience and knowledge to your benefit. I repeat - your experience is not a waste. If you are half-assing it that's a whole other issue. I'm talking to the hard workers out there that are on an unstoppable path. Keep grinding, become the expert in your job, work circles around everyone and hold your head up. If you're not the best in your field identify a mentor and start learning. Get better, become the best, get recognition and earn more. Showing up to a job and performing the minimum amount of work results in a career path with zero growth opportunity. Think about it, a decade half-assing it vs pushing the limits of your job. In 10 years’ time the half ass employee makes maybe $2 or $3 more an hour, the driven employee will promote out of the position and grow with the company on a continued success course or find other opportunities easier via references from supervisors and managers. Hands down grinding hard pays off over long periods of time. Half-assing never pays off.
So maybe you're thinking ‘I hate my job and my boss is a horrid person determined to make my life miserable’. That's still your circumstance to control, it's your life not the bosses. Working hard and excelling is always a more satisfying experience than scraping by (in the short game and long game). Your work ethic follows you around for life. Even if you hate your job, being one of the best opens doors for you either with your current company or others. I can't tell you how many times I've lost a good employee and throughout the next few weeks I lose a couple more good employees via networking from the original employee I lost. I have never lost a bad employee through networking. Opportunities do not present themselves to those who choose to do the least amount possible. If you have a side hustle and are destined to own your own business grinding is the only path there. If you don’t grind hard at your day job you won't grind on your side hustle either. Develop a beast work ethic and maintain it for life. Click over to Soul to continue digging into our minds and overcome the ape.
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