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Success and Work Relation

pagalprogrammer profile image Ankit Beniwal 🙂 ・1 min read


Success is a term which have different meaning for everyone, but one thing which can be generalized is that success is the outcome of (hard/smart)work. or as it goes:

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

- Vidal Sassoon

There can be some situations where this may not apply. I want to explore experiences of y'all. So please share your beliefs/ideas/opinions about success and work. Tell me your interesting stories.

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I feel successful because I do understand what's going to happen if I don't do what I'm doing right now. Success is just an abstract feeling, you get it when you accomplish anything you've expected. The most important thing I want to add to this thread is

"Success doesn't really matter a lot, you just select a destination and reach it. The Journey for the accomplishment of the goal is the most important thing to me. Learning is most important to me."

If you want to succeed just set up the goals for yourself, and try to take baby steps, and you'll reach the endpoint but you'll ignore it cause you forgot the intention you made while creating these goals, Your main success will be overshadowed by the small successes in your journey.


Your main success will be overshadowed by the small successes in your journey.

That is worth giving a critical thought.

Learning is most important to me.

Well that is the take-away. Thank you so much.


Thank you for inviting me to talk ❤️.


Hard work may be a precondition for success but that does not mean that hard work on its own is likely to lead to success. In fact, hard work on the wrong things is as big of a source of failure (and a much more painful and costly form) than not putting enough effort it.

Generally speaking, you can expect to put the most effort in when you're trying to grow. It doesn't have to happen all at once, so you can freely pace yourself based on what makes sense for your life. The more ambitious your goals are, the more valuable it is to be patient and take your time, if you can afford to do so.

When you are experiencing the need to work extra hard just to sustain something, and it isn't helping you grow, or it is burning you out, this is a sign you are doing the wrong kind of hard work. Sometimes it is very hard to recognize this situation in the moment, and pride can easily lead you to start treating working hard as a success metric of its own (which it is not), or assuming that your failures are due to not working hard enough (usually not the case when you already feel strained)

Perhaps ironically, the best way to tell the difference between unproductive and productive hard work is to frequently take time off, on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis.

Whenever you pause your efforts, it gives you a chance to remember what your end goals are, and to honestly ask yourself "is more of this kind of effort really going to get me there?" -- a question which is very hard to answer while caught up in the thick of things.

Finally, life changes constantly, but unless we are very intentional about it we don't necessarily update our working habits to match changes in our life until we experience severe pain of some form or another. A level of effort that feels totally sustainable when the rest of life is smooth sailing can be treacherous when the storms of "life stuff that isn't work" roll in.

You won't ever get this stuff right 100% of the time. But with experience, it gets easier to make smart choices around how much work is enough.


Whenever you pause your efforts, it gives you a chance to remember what your end goals are.

Thanks for your invaluable opinion. I am going to follow this.