Do the Hard Work, but Remove the Struggle

I tend to work hard and take my work seriously. When things aren’t working exactly as planned, I take it personally. When the work is difficult I internalize it and it becomes more difficult.

Someone much wiser said to me, “you can be ambitious and work really hard, but what if you could take the struggle out of it?”. Beating yourself up provides no advantage. Being kind to yourself doesn’t make you less ambitious. You can be high-performing without all the struggle.

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