Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Work is physical or mental activity done in order to achieve a purpose. A sustained effort to overcome obstacles in order to produce or accomplish something. And hard work would be ... um, extra work in order to reach the goal.
Last week I went to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. In many ways, attending a conference qualifies as work, especially for an introvert with chronic fatigue syndrome. Being around people all the time drains energy that isn't easily replenished while sleeping in a different bed. Actively networking and meeting people. Attending classes and workshops from breakfast to bedtime. Skyrocketing hopes and nerves before meeting with agents and editors. Recovering quickly when appointments didn't go quite as planned.
There is no substitute for hard work when it comes to getting dreams off the ground. Thomas Edison should know. He experimented with thousands of different filaments before finding the right combination to produce a long lasting glow in a light bulb.
What about you? What work does your dream require? Have you ever tried to get by with less? How did that turn out?