Work Hard, Play Hard

Unless you’re a professional athlete, the phrase is not “play hard, play hard,” so get to work!

I cannot stand people who have everything handed to them, in fact, I feel bad for them.

There is no better feeling in the world than accomplishing something after putting in every painful ounce of energy you have into it. I ran my first half marathon at the Bidwell Classic in Chico, CA, in 2009. I remember crossing that finish line like it was yesterday, running 13.1 miles non-stop, all because I told myself I would. There were so many times during the race, and even while training prior to, that I wanted to quit. I remember going for runs around my neighborhood and thinking to myself, why on earth would anyone invent a stupid half-marathon, let alone a FULL marathon?! And WHY am I participating?!

But I continued to run, every day. Why? Because once I got past the point in my run where I was gasping for air like a fish out of water, it was refreshing. That doesn’t make sense, let’s try that again. After the first mile where I was at my most out-of-breath state (damn near 9-1-1 status), I suddenly was able to breath, I fell into my groove. I guess that doesn’t make sense either, unless you’re a runner. But I’m getting off topic anyways.

The point is that once you work hard for something, the feeling of achievement you get is so much sweeter than something that is just handed to you. This isn’t just for physical activities, but in the workplace or in your personal life. Have you ever slaved over a paper or a work project for so long that you just want to give up on it? But you finish it, and even the slightest bit of recognition makes you feel like you are on cloud nine.

Don’t work for something because you have to, work for something because you want to. You know how they say nothing worth having is easy? I know they say this because it’s even on a picture of a kid with a cape (see below), so clearly it must be true. Unless you are referring to climbing Mt. Everest. I’m sure that’s worth it, and anyone who thinks that is hard is weak sauce (I’m kidding, don’t be offended if you’ve done it and almost died or something). In all seriousness, the things that are truly worth it in life won’t always be a walk in the park. But who cares? Work hard, and then bask in the glory of knowing you accomplished something great. Throw a party, eat a cookie, maybe go crazy and celebrate with a nap!

“By working hard, you get to play hard guilt-free” – Jim Rohn

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6 thoughts on “Work Hard, Play Hard

  1. Thanks for this. After completing 6 halves and then a full, I get every part of this. And yes completing a full is equally as rewarding . . . and worth every part of the extra work as you pound out 36 km long runs asking yourself what you were ever thinking! Keep on running on.

  2. Congratulations on the 1/2 marathon! That is a great distance. Now you need to go for the full!!! I am training for marathon #10 this April 29. It is HARD work, but as you point out, the reward is so fulfilling. Keep up the good work on the blogging!

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