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Why Hard Work Is Not The Key To A Happy, Fulfilled And Successful Life

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You have been told, "If you want to succeed, you have to work very hard," and "Only those who work really hard will make it in life."

But is this really true?

Of course, if you work really hard, there is a chance that will make a nice living. But is this really what you want: suffering, pushing and struggling for many years – maybe even for decades – to make some money and to be seen as someone who "made it" by your peers?

TrapYes, if you want to get from LA to New York you can walk – that's the hard way. But, you could also take the plane and have a much more enjoyable experience.

What's the problem with hard work?

Hard is synonymous with pushing, forcing and struggling. And, in that state of mind, it is impossible to connect with your inner genius, to get into the flow and to create truly outstanding results.

Hard work also means there won't be much joy, excitement and happiness for the next 3, 5, or maybe 10 years until you reach your goal. And even then you have no guarantee that all your hard work will lead to success and happiness.

You know, the world is full of very hard working people who remain poor, broke and unhappy, no matter how many hours they put in.

If hard work isn't the way to go, what's the solution?

The solution is to follow your passion and to do something you truly love.

Don't get me wrong, if you want to achieve extraordinary results, you will need to take massive action. You will have 10, 12,  and 14-hour days.

But, the huge difference will be your state of mind. If you follow your TRUE passion (and not just an idea that sounds exciting for whatever reason), there will be momentum, there will be excitement, there will be a flow of ideas, there will be inspiration.

And you will be eager and excited to take action. The energy of your passion will pull you forward, it will be easy to get out of bed in the morning, time will be flying, you will get into the flow easily, you won't even have the impression you are working.

Just feel the energy for a moment – there is joy, excitement, love, passion… extraordinary results can only be born out of such a state of mind.

That's the energy that Einstein, Mozart, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson used to achieve what they achieved. They absolutely loved what they were doing, they were hugely passionate about it and that's why they became so successful.

Imagine Mozart saying, "Actually, I don't even like music, but I want to be one of the best composers in the world and that's why I'm pushing myself 14 hours a day."

Or, Einstein saying, "I'm not interested in Physics, it's dry and boring, but I'm willing to work really, really hard and hopefully, one day I will get the Nobel price."

Truly outstanding success and achievements are impossible if you don't have (or develop) a deep passion for what you are doing.

What about obstacles and challenges?

Will there be failures? Of course, there will be many. But, if you are passionate about what you are doing, those failures won't hurt so much and they won't be able to stop you from following and enjoying your passion and continuing on your path.

You are doing what you are doing because of the joy you get out of it every day and not so much because of a specific goal you may reach at some point in the future.

Follow your passion, take inspired action, gain momentum;  you will be a winner every day, because every day there will be joy and happiness in your life. And on top of that, it's the best way to achieve outstanding success in the long run.

But careful, even if you are very passionate about what you are doing, it won't be easy all the time. Your passion will fluctuate and there will be days when your energy and passion will hit a low.

And that's when you will need some discipline and a slight push just to get going again. You get into a positive state of mind, you keep taking action, you will see some results and improvements here and there, your excitement and momentum starts coming back.

Everything will be back to normal and once again, you will be creating passionately and joyfully without any need to push, force and struggle.

Life was meant to be a happy, joyful and fulfilling experience. You can have it all – success, abundance, and  joy – and you shouldn't sacrifice feeling good on a daily basis for something that may or may not happen in the distant future.

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Robert Spadinger

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