Chronicle November 2019 Edition
Wade Coye Attorney
Hard Work Never Hurt Anyone Except Those Unwilling to Do It
In many professional industries, there’s a growing concern over too many hours spent working. The “side hustle” used to be seen as an admirable extra step that hardworking people took to make ends meet, but that no longer seems to be the case. The popular discourse these days is that if you’re working two jobs, there’s something you’re not doing right. But I take the opposite stance on this. I say that the harder you’re working to lead the life you want to live, the more likely you are to make that life happen. I don’t believe in the saying “work smarter, not harder,” because I think working hard and working smart gets you places. Take, for example, a recent experience I had with a Lyft ride. My driver picked me up, and I learned he wasn’t just a Lyft driver — his main job was actually as a full-time manager for Lyft. His reason for both managing and driving was twofold: It’s always nice to make extra cash, and he reaped valuable insight from getting out in the field and taking part in day-to-day operations. His extra work benefited him on levels that his day job couldn’t. There’s a valuable lesson to be learned from this scenario: Hard work and dedication never hurt anyone. Elon Musk has famously said he puts in 100 hours of work per week. His reasoning is that if he’s in competition with someone, he wants to make sure he’s still putting in more work than they are. If Musk is putting in 100 hours to someone’s 40 hours, that means he’s doing over twice as much “full-time” work as his competitor. Look where that mindset has gotten him today. Professional work capabilities have also changed drastically, and those capabilities have adapted our capacity for hard work. Most office work environments operate on cloud-based systems. That means we can do our work from anywhere, at any time, on any device. We can take calls from around the world or get tasks done while in the midst of other activities. This ability might give us more freedom with how we do our work, but it doesn’t mean we have less work to do. No matter how technology changes, the necessity for hard work remains the same.
At Coye Law, we utilize these developing systems every day. Our team has increased availability for clients, and we have a larger capacity to do the work they need. We have the ability to take on more because of these advances. Working from the office, from home, and during the evenings and weekends enables us to do the best work possible. The ability to do work in this way doesn’t mean we’re exhausting ourselves; rather, we are working hard in a meaningful way. Whether you work one job or five, the important thing to remember is that it’s your hard work across the board that will propel you to the top. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too dedicated to your job. There’s no successful professional out there who isn’t doing the exact amount of work required in order to achieve their dreams. If you want to fall into that category, it takes hard work above all else. -Wade Coye
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