Posted by on February 15, 2019

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Do you work hard?

If so, why?

Have you thought about it? Are you doing it because you must? Are you doing it because if you don’t work hard, you’ll be fired? Are you doing it because it’s the only way to get income?

Or do you do it because you think you enjoy it? Are you wearing your hard work as a badge of honor? Do you complain or boast about how hard you work, how busy you are? Do you get angry when people think you’re not working hard?

Or maybe you like your job. You find fulfillment there. Two questions for you:

  1. Would you do the work for free?
  2. Would you keep working if you won $500,000,000?

If the answer to either of these questions is “No” then you’re not working because you like it. In the first place, you probably do that work because you need its income. Maybe you’ve chosen work you “like” to get income rather than doing shitty work for it.

That’s not liking your work. It is tolerating it.

Our guess is, afforded other options, working would be the last thing you’d do. No matter how much you say you like it.

Some people “work hard” as justification. They say they work hard. They say that because the think they should. They think they should because society tells them they should. So do parents. So do teachers. So do “leaders”.

“Work hard. Be successful.”

Society rewards your compliance with income, approval and, ironically, more responsibility. More responsibility ensures you’ll work even harder.

If you don’t work hard, society says you’re not paying your way. You’re not earning your living. You’re living off of others. You’re a loser.

loser comment from Twitter

In other words, society, which means other people, shames you into working hard. Shame is like shit: it rolls downhill. Shame makes you shame others who challenge the notion that working hard is or was worth it.

But it’s not worth it.

Maybe you shouldn’t care what society thinks. Not caring what society thinks is far more worthy of approval than working hard. In your not caring what others think, you find authenticity. Persist in that and you find invulnerability.

Think now: if you’re invulnerable, doesn’t that also include all the money you need and then some?

Yes, it does.

Bold assertion, yet 100 percent accurate: the only reason anyone works hard is because they believe they must.  Even those actually working hard –– digging trenches by hand, picking lettuce by hand, or some other literally body-destroying job –– don’t have to do that kind of work.

Every person creates their own reality. That includes how money comes into their life. You’re not a cog working for money. You came to have fun. Not work.

Isis Franca - cog in a machine FB Copiosis blog

Photo: Isis Franca on Unsplash

“Well, I have to work,” You say.  “I need money to survive.”

Work correlates to income only because you believe that. Trading “value” for income is a belief. Not “reality”. Reality is what you make it. Just because it looks like everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you must.

And, by the way, not everyone is doing it. 😜

Parents gave a teenager some years ago $1000. He put it all in Bitcoin. Now he’s a millionaire. Did he work hard to become a millionaire?

You don’t either.

As an eternal creator, you came into the world intending joy and ease. Not working for money. Even though society believes otherwise, having fun, being happy and playing is just as valid an avenue to money as working hard. It’s more fun too.

You may scoff reading that. Such reactions only indicate how deeply you believe in needing to work hard. Or even work at all.

In the last two days, Perry had two conversations with two retired women. Both aggressively defended “work hard”. They worked hard most their lives while saving money for “the good life”: retirement.

Defending that notion is understandable. Especially if that’s what you did with your life. It would suck to realize you didn’t have to work your entire life, but did anyway. So we don’t blame older people when they expect others should work hard.

That’s what they did.

We’re here to tell you you don’t have to do that. You can. But it’s not mandatory. It’s not the future either.

Yang quote copiosis blog

Working hard is so 20th century.

It is mandatory if you go along with what society says. But “society” only represents collective agreement. Not reality.

For sure not your reality. Unless you believe what they believe.

That feels like this: Deep down you feel simultaneously shitty but also righteously indignant. “Shitty” comes from believing you must “work hard” when you really know you don’t. Indignant comes from knowing deep down it’s bullshit. Yet you’re doing it anyway. You justify “working hard” by pointing to the income you get. But that income represents a pittance of not only what you could get, but what you’re worth.

Your worth is intrinsic. No amount of money can compensate you for that.

Belief that you must work to earn money to live is unnecessary.

The time is neigh where your work-hard-ability will not be enough. The automation of everything is not inevitable. It’s happening. Right now. It’s present tense. Not the future.

This means, real reality is on our side. Meaning, one way or another, you’re either going to become the deliberate creator that you are, now, or, you’re going to do it after you’ve lost your income generating ability.

Either way, that’s humanity’s future.

We’re not here to scare you. The coming future is amazing. It offers unlimited opportunity. The only limits to that opportunity are what you believe is possible. If you believe you and others must earn a living, then the future’s going to be unpleasant for a while.

But only for you and those who believe as you do.

We are the future making the future happen. It’s the future you’re wanting too. But you don’t know that when you’re agreeing with society saying you must prove your worth by working hard.

We suggest you start looking at what you believe. There’s no better time than now to start.

 

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