Workaholism vs. Initiative

Benjamin W.

June 14, 2010

Workaholism is putting in more hours because you don’t know what else to do.

Initiative is caring about something enough to do more than is required of you.

I’m starting my own business. This tends to fill my head with constant questions about what I’m doing wrong and second guessing tactics, skills, work ethic, etc. And I’ve heard time and again, “You have to work really hard to make it in x industry.” This idea has always scared me. Here’s why:

The words “hard work” sound tedious, annoying, boring, grueling, etc. Not on the surface but just in the back of my mind somewhere. I get scared because I start to think in order to win at something, it has to be tedious or annoying or something bad. It’s just not true.

When someone says “you have to work hard”, they’re talking about things that aren’t easy. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun. When you’re not being chased by a pack of wolves or out hunting for your only meal this week, the challenges you want to overcome are now a choice.

So, I’m avoiding “hard work” for the sake of it. And taking initiative toward things that really interest me. That’s when I really do things I’m proud of.

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I ran it for 2 years until I joined Typekit in January 2011.

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