What Are You REALLY Working For?

Enough already!

It’s time to put an end to the stigma… What stigma? I’m talking about “work-shaming”.

These days, the world is always trying to tell us that we’re just not productive enough, that we lack work ethic, or that we need to take our career ever more seriously.

But has this gone way too far?

In this week’s LOVELife, I decide it’s time to stand up to this message and decide to put an end to the cycle of misery and anxiety caused by the “work-shaming” advocates. Watch this video, and take on the freedom that comes from setting your OWN expectations, instead of everyone else’s.


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7 Replies to “What Are You REALLY Working For?”

  • Exactly the topic I have been working with lately. You’re so tuned in; I really appreciate it. It’s so about quality over quantity. It’s not how much you work, but what you accomplish. And if you are too stressed out about needing to work constantly, then you can never feel the freedom and will to create real quality work with your time. I’m a sprinter, not a jogger and this is how I work too. But how do we assert this with our higher ups who just want us to jog constantly?

  • Hey Matt, thanks so much for this – the timing is actually spot on for me as I’ve recently gotten sucked into my work so much that I’m letting it take over. Also have to plead guilty to getting locked into comparisons with other people and getting competitive over who has the most on. The really daft thing is that my work is not even my main priority in life or even the career I’ve always wanted. This has been a great reminder that I need to stop trying to fulfil every body else’s expectations and clarify what my own goals actually are.

  • Dear Mr. Hussey,
    You probably won’t see this – as I imagine you receive thousands of messages on a regular basis – but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated this video. Two years ago, I was a strong, competent woman. I could work harder than any man around; I could put men thrice my size to shame. Unfortunately, I’ve since been diagnosed with two incurable diseases that have disabled me. I no longer can so much as get out of bed on my own. As you can imagine, my family must work doubly hard to take care of me and to compensate for my inability to contribute to our family business as I once could. I often feel useless and even guilty for being the cause of their extra labors and worries. But the outlook you introduced in this video gave me a refreshing perspective. Perhaps I don’t have to feel guilty or burdensome because I can’t work or help out as I once could. This is a strange concept for me, as I’ve always measured my self-worth based on how hard I work to help my family. But perhaps I can learn merely to do my best and to stop comparing the work that I do to the works of others or to the work that I did back when I was strong. Perhaps I even can learn to be content to let my family help me now, without worrying that I’m not contributing sufficiently.
    I’m still going through the difficult process of adjusting to my situation. But you’ve given me a bit of comfort, and for that I thank you.
    May God bless you!

  • Thank you thank you Matt. I have often allowed myself to feel deflated defeatist from no more than acquaintances of a monthly property meeting I attend less and less. It’s often more direct, within texts or general conversation that they nick you with their ‘sharp superiority edge’, displaying a clear assumption that I am not doing anything as vital or worthy ‘the property guru’, as they are because I with my massage chair (I provide corporate massage with an ergonomic chair to businesses around London) and I really enjoy it. I have even had one say, ‘well if you enjoy your simple little life massaging important people, good for you’. Maybe I am sensitive but I wanted to punch him.

  • Great topic!
    I opened my own business because I felt that my job was like this big monsted eating up my life and I wanted more time to be a mom.
    When I was an employee it was like I could never work enough for them.
    I now have my freedom to work at flexible hours and my business is doing great and I am letting other people work for me.
    I actually saw that interview with Will Smith but I think that the point he was making was that you need more work than talent to make it big.
    I think you need both… and some luck … and smarts and other things too.

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