Growing up I was always taught to work hard, save money, and most importantly support my family. Working hard was something my father not only taught me but I had to visualize it day in and day out of my life. Not to say he was never around, however, his work hours changed from days to nights and the occasional business trips for training. But he always managed to do what was best for his family.
Ironically he’s told me to work hard yet he never wanted me to be like him. Working long hours, never finishing school, just WORK WORK WORK. The good news though all his hard work wasn’t for nothing. He’s held positions in management which in the end is what he wanted for me. I mean seriously who doesn’t want their kids to move up the corporate ladder and be successful right???
In my early 20’s I landed a job at the airport doing security. Within 6 months of working hard like I was taught, I was promoted to a management position. I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face when I told him of my promotion. He was so proud of me and encouraged me to keep working hard.
Since then I’ve moved on to other positions with the airlines, even held supervisor positions. I can admit I took my fathers’ advise a little TOO literal. Sure I’ve worked hard to be where I’m at now, but it’s all come with a price. Needless to say I’ve become that “WORKAHOLIC”.
Working as much as 7 days a week 10+ hrs. a day; for what? Was it for the money? Was it to prove something to myself? Either way I could’ve kept my normal schedule without ANY overtime and still say I’m a hard worker right?
Yet here I am working any/all overtime I can, WITHOUT thinking twice. One could argue that I’m killing myself whenever opportunity presents itself. On the other hand this is how things have always been for myself in any job I’ve ever held.
The definition of hard working is something or someone that is diligent in laboring and that puts effort into doing and completing tasks.
The definition of a workaholic is a person who feels compelled to work excessively.
Working hard is pretty much a given thing. Completing our projects, daily tasks, or even chores around the house is essential. However, being that workaholic to an excessive degree has both the ups & downs physically and emotionally.
Let’s discuss both the pros and cons of being a workaholic:
- Assuming you get paid by the hour, you’re financially set
- Mentally you’ve got a successful mindset since you’ve accomplished something
- You’re a reliable individual to both yourself and others
- You don’t have a life
- Constantly fatigued, which leads to added stress both physically and emotionally
- Assuming you’re a salary employee, you’re working harder for less
So which one are you?
Are you Hardworking OR a Workaholic?
Please feel free to comment as I’m open to any/all suggestions.