“I will succeed by working harder.”
Have you heard this? Have you heard this in your own head?
I have heard this many times this week, from marketing professionals, hedge fund managers, and (most notably) from three teenagers. I asked each of these teen boys individually, “What advice would you offer your younger self?” Each boy had the same answer: “I would tell him to work harder.” I was surprised by this. I thought there might be more one would want to say to one’s younger self?
- “I would tell him he is safe, and he will get out okay.”
- “I would tell him to be okay with his weirdness… he will make friends and actually be cool.”
- “I would tell him, relax, he will have a lot of sex one day.”
Nope. They all said “work harder.”
But I would like to point out that this is not a viable solution for success.Continue reading…