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Work Must Define You

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 10/11/2015 Brian de Haaff

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Work has gotten a bad rap lately. It has earned a reputation as a necessary evil that you must be miserable doing. Many people say that you must maintain an equilibrium between work and the rest of your life. Yes, work is important to pay the bills, but work and life are not mutually exclusive.
The expression that work must not define you is of the same ilk as achieving "work-life balance." Both expressions have weaseled their way into our vernacular within the last 20 years. And they have caused more harm than good.
Finding that perfect state of harmony between work and life is a lie because it is not sustainable. You may find moments of this balance, but what happens when something throws off that equilibrium?
I believe the opposite is true. Work defines you, whether you think it does or not.
There should be no dividing line between work and the rest of your life. Work is life and life is work. Our lives are defined by the effort that we put in it. My co-founder and I have already built a few successful companies around this principle, including Aha!
When you operate from the framework that work must define you, you start thinking about work in a new way. You start to:
Live actively
You never know how many days you have, so start living that way. This creates a sense of urgency and wanting to be present in every moment. Do not waste your time. You will never get that time back.
Work, work, work
I often like to say, "This one first, that one free." This means that when you work very hard, you will often be surprised by the fruit that your initial effort continues to bear. Hard work pays dividends -- and generates more opportunities.
Consider your legacy
With your work, you will make a difference. That difference will have a positive or negative impact. At the end of your life, you would like to be remembered as someone who made a real contribution -- right? You will not be pleased if you just watch your time slip away. So, ask yourself: what legacy will your work leave?
It is time that work once again assumes its rightful place. Work is good. Work is hard.
When you start thinking about work in this new way, it will transform how you order your days.
How is work defining you?

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