Work Hard, But Not for Recognition

Work Hard, But Not for Recognition

Work for the love of the work itself, not for credit of recognition.

Your work should be something that you would like to do for free, and if you take your ego out of the equation and simply focus on good work, you become the pillar of prominence.

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A few things to keep in mind when starting work in a new field:

  1. We may not be as great or important as we think.
  2. We may need an attitude readjustment.
  3. Most of our knowledge, which may be spanning decades, is now obsolete, and we may need to unlearn it.

Like a sponge, attach yourself to the people from whom you can learn and subsume your entire identity, ego, and any desire to pursue your own glory.

This gradually helps us learn new ways to solve problems, develop a good reputation and build lasting relationships.

  1. Be a connector, making sure other people and thinkers can get introduced to each other.
  2. Do things that others are not keen on doing, taking up certain crucial projects avoided by others.
  3. Find inefficiencies and redundancies.
  4. Discover opportunities for letting others showcase their creativity.
  5. Eliminate distractions and let others focus, paving a way towards progress.

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Moderation as a virtue

Moderation, a middle point between two extremes, has been considered a key virtue for thousands of years.

Today, instead of understanding and admiring moderation, we've come to view it as a weakness. When we look at money, more is better. We consider the person with the most as the happiest and the best. Television is possible because of immoderate people. The pop and influencer culture rests almost entirely on people who have given themselves over to the pursuit of total pleasure and fame.

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Rules #1 - #10

1. Wake up early.

2. Ask: Am I using this technology, or is it using me?

3. Forget about outcomes—focus on making a little progress every day.

4. Say no (a lot).

5. Read something every day.

6. Don’t watch television news.

7. Comparison = unhappiness

8. Journal.

9. Strenuous exercise every single day.

10. Character is fate.

Think Small

Seneca once said to Lucilius that one should acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, death, and other misfortunes.

We place a heavy emphasis on just one thing every day is something and that's the most important thing. "One thing a day adds up and the sooner you start the better you'll feel and be."

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