We often hear our parents and elders tell us that there is no substitute to hard work. Even the naturally gifted, smart and talented can be bested by hard work. But is this really true?
Quality Over Quantity
Working hard by putting in long hours at the office and constantly volunteering to do the jobs that no one wants don’t guarantee a promotion or an increase in your salary. Most supervisors aren’t necessarily impressed by those people, but look instead at how you have positively contributed to the changes in the company. So don’t be surprised if you’re working your butt off and someone younger who doesn’t volunteer for overtime gets promoted first.
Change, Not Finish Ahead
When it’s your first job, your first goal is to be able to understand your tasks properly so you can meet deadlines and quotas. Although employers are quite happy with that kind of performance, that doesn’t make you stand out from the rest if the boss is looking to promote someone. We all have the same goals in mind: meet expectations and reach all the targets. Employees who can make work faster and more efficient, however, can contribute more to the company. Sometimes sticking to the tried and tested ways isn’t the correct route to a desired promotion.
Work for Self-Improvement
Those people who stand out are the ones who don’t want to be limited to a set of rules on how to accomplish something. While you’re proud of being the most obedient employee, these so-called deviants are making good impressions of themselves by coming up with strategies for the company that have not been tried yet. That’s not to say you have to bend all the rules to get ahead of everyone. It means you have to be creative. If you think there is another way to complete a task more efficiently, then do it.
Work to Live Happily, Not Live to Work
They say that to become happy with your job, you have to be passionate about what you’re doing. Unfortunately, not every dream can realistically land you in a high-paying job. The only difference is that your passion will make you take more risks. Passion, however, can take different forms. It’s not just the love for the job itself, but your desire to give your family a better life or to earn a good income so you can sustain your hobbies and interests.
Hard Work isn’t Everything
Hard work won’t turn you into a billionaire no matter how many hours you put in. Hard work isn’t the only factor in being successful. You will have to accept that only your imagination has no limits. There are many things in life which have limits, even our ability to succeed. Maybe the job that you chose isn’t gonna make you a millionaire in 20 years. Comparing yourself to others isn’t going to make things better for you. You have to accept that your life is difficult for now and that there will be other opportunities in the future to grow and prosper.