Labor and Leisure

27 01 2012

Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is one of my favorite self-development teachers.  I’ve been mentored by him over the past year through his writings and recorded seminars.  I have never met him.  He died in 2009 after a full life.

Today, I heard him dispense this nugget, worthy of wrapping one’s head around:

“Make rest a necessity, not an objective.”

Now that’s a new and powerful way of highlighting the importance of working hard.

Rest is something we earn.  This sounds foreign to American ears.  We are used to the “standard” of a 40 hour work week.  But the 40 hour work week is distinctly Western and of recent vintage.

I’ve heard it said that if you’re only working 40 hours a week, it’s not likely you’re going to get ahead.  Certainly not as far ahead as your dreams, goals and ambitions.

Even God worked 6 days out of 7 when He created the cosmos.  He wasn’t done on Friday afternoon at 5:00.

I have family members who are doctors, attorneys, investment bankers, hedge fund managers, Federal officials and much more.  They’ve all gotten where they’re at the old-fashioned way:  They worked their tails off.  Nobody handed any of them anything.

Here are just a few benefits that will return to you with greater effort and longer hours, as you create a life:

  • You will certainly grow in your chosen fields of vocation and avocation.
  • Your sense of accomplishment will increase as you tackle and master more skills and meet goals.
  • You will run far ahead of the pack simply because many, if not most, are content to put their expected time in, satisfied with “working their 40 hours.”
  • Your earning potential will undoubtedly increase, especially if the extra effort is focused and you strive for greater levels of excellence at all to which you put your hands to.

This isn’t a paean of praise to workaholism.  Far from it.  But in a culture that lives for the weekend, for partying, for good times and leisure, one tends to get an unrealistic picture of what it takes to win at life and rise to the top of your potential.  It’s simply a matter of adjusting your perspective to accord with reality.

So my advice is this:  See work and labor not as a curse, but as a blessing.  Look for lots of increases in many different ways as you work harder toward fulfilling your destiny.

And, when you have striven and exerted and are tired, then rest.

You’ve earned it.

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6 responses

27 01 2012
Kirk Gilchrist

I love this.

I often think of how the Bible states that we are to be the Head and not the Tail, and yet so often we are the tail. We are the borrowers – certainly not the lenders. Then I think of something Jesus said – “are there not 12 hours in a day”, and we know 6 days is a Biblical work week. What would happen if we actually worked 72 hours a week? Perhaps we’d find ourselves excelling and actually “winning” in life.

Love the Blog – as usual!

27 01 2012
Christian Fahey

I completely agree, Kirk. There’s a price to pay to be the head, but oh, is it worth it! Thanks for reading!

27 01 2012
Eric Alagan

I subscribe to this…

28 01 2012
Christian Fahey

It’s really a modern thing, this 40 hr. work week, Eric. Leisure has a way of diminishing in value if it is indulged too much. Kind of like eating more sweets than solid food. Thanks for reading!

8 02 2012

I think we should all get together and build our own community of success!!!

8 02 2012
Christian Fahey

Such a community of success would be a great enterprise indeed. Thank you for reading!

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