what I've learned about working hard

I learned about hard work from training my horse.

I learned that the need to work hard is a complete fallacy.

I learned that putting pressure, physically, mentally or emotionally, on my horse didn’t  increase the likelihood of success, it didn’t increase the speed of success. I learned that putting pressure on my horse had the exact opposite effect.

I learned that my horse needed rest if he was to stay sound in mind and body. I learned that my horse needed to be calm and confident, to feel safe and secure, before he would try to understand the lesson. I learned that if he was uncomfortable, if he found what I was asking too difficult, he wouldn’t give me the answer I sought.

I learned that progress was made quicker and more sustainable if the lessons were small, if the sessions were short, if the steps easily attainable.

We are exactly the same. We are far more likely to be productive, we are far more prolific in our output, when we find the journey easy. When we are methodical. When we can enjoy the process. When we are confident. When we are not overwhelmed.

Yet we so often attribute success to hard work. We wear being busy like a badge. We think if we’re not under pressure, if we’re not hustling, we aren’t making the most of our time.

Whether you’re training your horse or striving for success, take the pressure off. You’ll get there faster.


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