“Hard work always pays off.”
I’m sure you’ve all heard this phrase at least once in your life.
It’s a very beautiful word that inspires people to strive.
But in conclusion, it is a lie that hard work always pays off.
There are countless people in the world who have tried and failed to be rewarded for their efforts.
There are an overwhelming number of people in the world who have not been rewarded for their efforts, such as those who did not pass the school of their choice, those who did not win in sports, those who failed in business, those who did not become famous as a comedian, those who did not become a professional musician, and so on.
So, when you are working towards your goals, you should abandon the idea that “hard work always pays off.
Oh, no, that’s not true! As long as you work hard, God will make your dreams come true one day!
When I go for a goal, I want to imagine a situation where my efforts are rewarded and get excited about it……
I think it is true that you will be more motivated if you go for your goal with the thought that “hard work always pays off!”
However, if you think too positively, it may turn into carelessness, and if you believe that your efforts will be rewarded, when your efforts are not rewarded, you may feel despair due to the backlash of the high expectations you had until then.
Yes, I used to be one of those people who thought, “Hard work always pays off!”
But then my efforts were not rewarded, and my hope turned to despair, and eventually I suffered for a long time in depression.
The cost of thinking that my efforts would be rewarded was too great.
In the following, I will explain in detail why I believe that hard work does not always pay off.
I hope this article is of some help to anyone striving to reach their goals!
- There is a limit to the number of chairs in a game of musical chairs
- Whether or not your efforts will be rewarded depends on the difficulty of your goal
- I despaired when my efforts didn't pay off
- The right direction of effort should be identified first!
- Quality, not quantity, is by far the most important factor in effort
There is a limit to the number of chairs in a game of musical chairs
For example, Sadaharu Oh, who holds the world record for home runs, said this.
“Hard work always pays off. If there is any effort that is not rewarded, then it cannot yet be called effort.”
I think these words are very typical of Mr. Oh, who is a hard worker, and it is a well-known fact that Mr. Oh has actually set many records through his extraordinary efforts.
It seems that he really practiced and practiced and practiced like crazy.
I think that his efforts were indispensable in the process of creating the great record, and he certainly deserves to be able to say that.
However, I believe that Mr. Wang’s words are also words that he can say because he is a person who has achieved results.
So what was lacking in those who put in more effort than those who were successful, but were not rewarded in the end?
I’m sure that person has already made enough of an effort.
In a world where we compete with others, winning and losing are inevitable.
Whether in exams, sports, or business, there is fierce competition for a limited number of positions.
So, even if all 100 people put in the same effort for 10 hours a day, if there are only 10 positions, only 10 out of 100 people will be rewarded for their efforts.
It would be so much better if everyone was rewarded for their efforts, but the reality is that there is a limit to the number of chairs in the game of musical chairs.
If someone wins, it means that someone else loses at the same time.
Therefore, it is impossible for everyone’s efforts to be equally rewarded.
It is quite possible for anyone to be unrewarded for their efforts.
If everyone put in the exact same amount of effort to take the exam, I think that the final result would be determined by talent and luck, such as the difference in memorization ability of each individual and whether or not questions in one’s field of expertise were included in the exam.
Yes, there is a great deal of luck involved in making your efforts pay off, such as talent and meeting people.
Those who competed with Mr. Wang and lost may have worked just as hard as him, but their efforts were not rewarded because they were not as talented as Mr. Wang.
I think that the world is not a place where you can achieve your goals through hard work alone.
Of course, hard work is essential to achieve your goals, but I honestly don’t know if hard work alone will help you achieve your goals.
Besides, I’ve heard the phrase “hard work always pays off” only from successful people, as I mentioned earlier.
That’s certainly a given, and those people can say that “hard work always pays off” because their own efforts have been rewarded.
If, on the other hand, you were to look for the phrase “hard work doesn’t pay off” in the world, you would find far more people using that phrase than “hard work pays off.”
Reality is cruel and unforgiving.
There is no such kindness as “hard work always pays off” in the real world, so you should abandon such thoughts.
It may be cruel, but I think the reality of this world is that there are both winners and losers at the same time.
I think the reality of this world is that where there is light, there is shadow.
Whether or not your efforts will be rewarded depends on the difficulty of your goal
I’m not denying that hard work itself is a good thing.
This is because hard work is essential in reaching goals, big or small.
And whether or not your efforts will be rewarded will depend on the difficulty of the goal.
For example, the level of difficulty and the amount of effort required to pass an exam that only 1 in 10 people pass will be different from passing an exam that 7 or 8 in 10 people pass.
So if you are taking an exam that only 1 in 10 people pass, the probability that your efforts will be rewarded will be lower than if you are taking an exam that 7 or 8 in 10 people pass.
As you can see, the likelihood that your efforts will be rewarded depends on the size of your goal, so I think it’s a bit of a different story when people who have always completed only easy goals claim that “hard work always pays off!
That’s because it doesn’t take into account that there are goals of varying degrees of difficulty.
The level of difficulty is completely different between winning first place in a local competition and winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
I think it’s quite natural that the more difficult the goal, the less likely it is that your efforts will be rewarded.
When you take on a difficult goal, I honestly think you don’t know if your efforts will be rewarded until the end.
I despaired when my efforts didn’t pay off
As I said at the beginning of this article, I used to think that “hard work always pays off!”
However, because I had such hope, when my efforts didn’t pay off, I felt hopeless.
As soon as I lost hope that my efforts would be rewarded, my life became difficult.
And with no hope, my mental health gradually deteriorated, and I eventually suffered from depression.
But that was the reality. Effort was not something that was easily rewarded.
It’s tough, but that’s the reality.
I think there are too many beautiful stories of dreams, friendship, and hope in anime and movies lol
The truth is that this world doesn’t have all those happy endings, I think now.
Things don’t always turn out the way you want them to, but I think that young people in particular tend to think that they are special.
But it’s not like that at all, actually.
We are all just ordinary people.
We can’t use any special magic, and we’re all fragile, ordinary people who would die if we fell from a height.
We are not special in any way, so it is better not to be too conceited and not to expect too much from ourselves, in my opinion, based on my past experiences.
I think it is much more important to think steadily, “How can I solve this problem?” than the slogan, “Hard work always pays off.
In addition, in my experience, if you believe that your efforts will always be rewarded, I think you will become overly optimistic and will be less likely to work hard towards your goals.
Rather, if you believe that your efforts will not always be rewarded, it will be easier to create a sense of crisis and you will be more likely to work harder.
By the way, I used to be quite optimistic, and if you ask me if I was trying my best back then, I can’t say yes at all……
The right direction of effort should be identified first!
Up to this point, I’ve been saying that we should abandon the idea that hard work always pays off, but once again, I’m not denying hard work itself.
This is because it is impossible to achieve your goals without effort.
And I think that in order to achieve my goals, we need to make the right efforts.
Just as you can’t learn to read English by reading long sentences without knowing any English grammar or vocabulary, I think there is a right way to make an effort.
So I think you need to make an effort first to find out what method you should use to achieve your goals, and once you find the method that you think is the most correct, you can then continue to make efforts in that way.
Instead of just throwing the ball in order to throw a fast ball, I think you need to first find out the correct throwing form and the muscles that need to be trained, and then focus your training on those.
If you just work hard, you will get worse and worse results if your efforts are inefficient or wrong.
In fact, this is also based on my own experience of failure.
There have been many times when I have continued to work hard in a bad way and have seen no results at all.
So, in my opinion, if you don’t use your mind and make smart efforts, rather than mentalism or guts, you will not be able to win the competition with others.
Quality, not quantity, is by far the most important factor in effort
The 10,000-hour rule is often used to say, “If you work hard enough, you will get results,” but in my opinion, this is a big lie.
Time spent working hard is not proportional to results.
I studied programming for 10,000 hours back in the day, but to be honest, I was at a much lower level than a sophomore who started studying IT in college.
Even after 10,000 hours of programming, the software I developed was full of bugs and had terrible quality.
If you want to achieve your goals, it’s not just a matter of putting in a lot of hours of effort.
The most important thing is the quality of the effort.
If you don’t go through the process of grasping the gap between your goals and your current situation, thinking of a solution to fill that gap, implementing that solution, self-evaluating what went well and what didn’t, and then thinking about what you still lack, formulating a hypothesis, and implementing the solution, you won’t be able to grow in a progressive manner.
It is only through this kind of dense quality of effort, rather than just vague effort, that your efforts are more likely to be rewarded.
Don’t focus on time.
If you don’t focus on the quality of your efforts, you’ll waste 10,000 hours like I did.
I strongly, strongly believe that the kind of effort that is most likely to be rewarded is this kind of high quality effort.
So far, I have argued that hard work does not always pay off, based on my own experience.
I’m not saying that all efforts are unrewarding, and I still think that effort is important.
However, I don’t think I can say that our efforts will always be rewarded.
There are many unrewarding efforts in the world.
However, since that is the reality, I think it is better to make efforts from the perspective of increasing the “possibility” of being rewarded, even if only a little.
I am trying to make a success in music.
I have certainly worked hard and will continue to work harder than ever before, but I honestly don’t know if it will pay off.
The higher the difficulty of the goal, the more various factors will be involved in achieving it.
So I’m aware that I’m working on increasing the probability of success every day.
It’s all about probability, and I honestly feel now that if it doesn’t work out, I have no choice.
Well, I really feel that I need to be that businesslike to survive in this tough world lol
And it’s easier to think that way. Quite a bit.
Putting constant pressure on myself will only make it harder.
If it allows me to concentrate on what I need to do without having to think about anything else, I think I should think that way.
So, in light of this harsh reality, I can’t really say that “hard work always pays off.
However, it is also true that hard work is essential to success, and if you don’t work hard while others around you are working hard, the gap between you and them will continue to widen.
And I will continue to believe in myself and strive to increase my chances of success.
So I hope this article has been helpful to those of you who are working towards your goals!
Thank you for reading so long!
I want to keep working hard so that my efforts will be rewarded and I can drink good beer! 😉