I definitely agree with Wilson Ng that there is a limit in what hard work can benefit you.
Growing up, I was told that hard work is the key. If you work hard in your studies, you will graduate top of your class, and get a nice paying job. You work hard at work and you will get promoted and can now avail of a car loan and other perks. There are many rewards for hard work, no doubt about it.
But hard work won’t get you too far. You could be spending 19 hours a day on your product but you maybe working on the wrong product. We could be spending same hours at work but you may be earning more money that I am. I could get a 2nd job but that means more time away from my family. It also means less time on thinking, planning, and self-improvement — things that potentially would bring more rewards than hard work alone.
One example where hard work is not enough is the classic formula for many workers — work hard and save money for your retirement. The problem is by the time you retire, you’re old, unhealthy, and maybe sick because of all those years of having only 4 hours of sleep a day. The money that you’ve been safekeeping for years will be spent on medicines and hospital bills. If you could find a way to retire early, say at 40, and have lots of money, that would really be amazing.
Wilson Ng’s blog is a finalist at the Philippine Blog Awards. I hope he wins.
I interviewed him last year, which you can read here.