Without defining “hard work”, it is difficult to answer the question of its impact. Is the quantity of hours and an indicator of hard work? Does ROI reflect hard work?
Here are two ways to look at it:
- It depends on which stage of your career you are in. The basic dynamics of current organizational structures that are used by modern businesses tend to reduce the necessity of hard work with each stage of advancement. Without discussing the merit and/or viability of that particular approach, it is a fair statement to say: the higher the position, the lower the expectations of hard work.
- The above can also be seen from another perspective: the definition of hard work will constantly change based on how high the position goes; it can range from ROI to the output of the team that was being managed.
Ultimately, it is a rather subjective matter.
Originally published at https://upjourney.com/does-hard-work-pay-off-in-the-end