June 12

Urgency and diligence are the foundation of hustle. If you want to succeed in your life and work, you will need to work very, very hard and in a focused way. However, there’s a difference between hard work and desperate work. Hard work is sourced in intent and is focused and resourced. Desperate work expends a lot of energy but is unfocused and often unproductive.

How can you know the difference?

►Hard work is targeted, whereas desperate work flails.

►Hard work has a clear end point, whereas desperate work feels


►Hard work is from a position of strength, whereas desperate

work feels like you’re always behind.

►Hard work feels good, whereas desperate work feels empty.

►Hard work has a plan, whereas desperate work is reactive to


►Hard work is measured in intervals of progress, whereas des-

perate work is measured by how much it temporarily relieves

your anxiety.

►Hard work pursues the right idea, whereas desperate work


Can you think of a time when you worked desperately rather than hard? What was it like?

latches on to the first available idea.

Of course, you must work hard. But be mindful of the subtle differ- ences between working hard and working out of desperation. When you feel desperate, you don’t think clearly, and you feel too anxious to take the necessary time to play with your thoughts and experiment with ideas.

Work with diligence and urgency, but don’t work desperately.

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