“You shouldn’t be scared of hard work.”

“You shouldn’t be scared of hard work.”

Difficult, messy, complicated, stressful work.

Discomfort is the zone where growth happens.

I may be old fashioned, but young people entering the workforce should work hard and learn as much as they can, as quickly as they can, because this is when you’re most resilient, and you can easily get up when you’re knocked down.

Move jobs, move roles, find out what you’re good at, what you suck at, what excites you, what sinks your heart.

You won’t learn about yourself unless you stretch your own boundaries.

You should aspire to #BeUseful*, and add value to yourself and those around you.

Once you have the stripes, the experience, the battle scars, the “”Been there, Done that”” t-shirt, then you become so much more valuable.

You will have options – on taking on jobs and roles that excite you. You get to choose.

Become the master of your fate, the captain of your soul.

Suffer the discomfort in your youth** so that you may reap the rewards later, be it the Ferrari, the house by the beach, or the exquisitely designed work-life.

That’s freedom.

*I love quoting Obama
** Work hard, but know your boundaries. Don’t let people walk all over you.”

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