So when did working hard become evil? | Louise Bedford

Even Calos Slim, the 2nd richest man in the world, seems to have fallen for overload

He recently suggested that everyone should convert to a 3-day work week, so they can have more leisure time.

The auditorium went wild with applause.

Interestingly, even though Carlos has every opportunity to implement this system among the ranks of his own employees, he hasn’t made a move to do so.

And I can tell you why.

It’s because a 3-day work week would cripple productivity, that’s why

Carlos knows it.

You know it.

The current myth being toted around is that your life should involve less work, and more leisure.

I can tell you now though – work is essential if you’re going to become a success.

Shirk work, and you won’t end up in the elite, in any endeavour.

 So, what has happened here?

The rot seems to have set in from two sources.plane

Firstly, those with the Midas touch seem to have forgotten what it took for them to rise to the top.

Al Gore implores you to decrease your environmental footprint, while flying to his latest presentation in his private jet, and leaving his house bathed in light that is churning up those fossil fuels like the cookie monster munches cookies.

Warren Buffett put out a lovely sales pitch about how the American public should be paying more in tax… all the while maximising his own tax position, and not willingly donating any extra cent of his fortune to the US tax department – the IRS.

Examples like this are all around you. The hypocrisy is dripping, and you’re the one who is wet behind the ears if you accept what they’re saying without question.

The second source of the rot is that someone has something to sell you

They’re selling the dream of being able to do a 4-minute work week, even lying in bed at night contemplating whether they should have named their article the 4-second work week – as that would have more appeal.

When someone presents a recipe for utopia, question their motives.

There might be a hefty dose of self interest lurking very near the surface.

I can tell you that to achieve or maintain your success – you have to work

Personally, I devour trading books, work on my systems, and study the detail about what it means to be a top-notch computer stats read

We’re talking about deep time too – because I’ve done this since the year 1990.

I’ve purposefully watched who I associate with, fed my mind with pure sources, and avoided the toxic smoke of the ‘slide uphill’ fallacy.

School is never out for the professional.

This holds more interest for me than leisure activities that do nothing to enhance my life, or the lives of my family members.

It’s a choice.

Spending hours on Facebook, endlessly playing with my phone, listening to dramatic drivel of small thinkers, and aimlessly looking through shops isn’t what impresses me. (My shopping usually involves a ‘hunt it, bag it, and take it home’ mentality).

Success is a conscious decision

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If you are looking for ways to avoid work, it might just mean you’re involved in the wrong work.

Find something that fascinates you that doesn’t seem like work when you apply yourself to it.

Look for something that will hold your interest both now and in the future.

If you don’t, you’re in the process of frittering away the best years of your life.


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Louise Bedford


Louise Bedford is a full-time private trader and author of several best-selling books. To pick up her ‘Trading Made Simple’ 5-part e-course, register on her website and she’ll send it to you straight away -

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