Is hard work worth it?

With a lot of interaction happening on social media these days, it has been easy for previously guarded personalities to share the secrets of their success. Indeed, it seems like many entrepreneurs – those who’ve established multi-million dollar enterprises – have their unique “tips” and “advice” on how to work hard and smart, which is sometimes contrary to what most people have been brought up knowing.

Martin Folse
Martin Folse

Many of these nuggets of advice seem to advocate against the conventional 24/7, 40-plus-hour work week that we all know. No doubt, during the early years of their businesses, such entrepreneurs adhered to tiring schedules and committed most of their waking hours to growing the business.

So why the new advice about taking it easy from entrepreneurs who have already achieved their dreams? Something doesn’t seem right. This new approach to working eschews the determination and ceaseless effort necessary to make things happen.

Certainly, it might be the case that some of these entrepreneurs have started to let the foot off the gas pedal a little. With companies worth billions and located in several countries, they have every right to do so. It also makes sense that as we age and settle down, a 60-hour work week might not be sustainable.

Having seen firsthand the rewards of putting in the work and focusing on my goals, I can honestly say that hard work has no substitute. I don’t think many of these successful businesspeople have achieved success by having a casual attitude to work. Perhaps their take on hard work is akin to a parent’s view of elementary school grades – one wonders why it was so stressful.

Don’t be fooled by the retrospective advice. Roll up your sleeves and get to it.

Martin Folse is a successful television owner who understands the meaning of hard work and knows it is the best way to accomplish anything in life.