“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
If 70% of Americans woke up with the bird flu, we would call it an epidemic -- a national crisis. And yet 70% of people wake up stressed, depressed, and plagued with anxiety. And yet, there is no national outcry.
In his incredible book, 48 Days To The Work You Love, author Dan Miller reveals the sad statistics about today’s workplace . . .
70% of American workers experience stress-related illnesses.
34% think they will burn out on the job in the next two years.
Los Angeles Times reports that there is a 33% increase in heart attacks on Monday mornings.
According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die at 9:00 on Monday morning than any other time of day, or any other day of the week.
Entrepreneur magazine adds that there is 25% increase in work-related injuries on Mondays.
Male suicides are highest on Sunday nights, with men realize that their careers — and possibly their finances as well —are not where they want them.
Dale Partridge, a serial entrepreneur and best-selling author, explains that tens of millions of Americans are right on track for a career-based nervous breakdown. Forty million suffer from anxiety, and roughly sixty million suffer from insomnia or some other sleep disorder. They are overworked, underpaid, beat up by bosses and burned out by duties.
Not only that! But in one documentary called Happy, I discovered that the Japanese actually have a word for being worked to death! Karoshi. It is such a common phenomenon, there is a word for it. It is literally translated “overwork death”. Occupational sudden morbidity. The major medical causes are heart attack and stroke, due to stress and starvation diet.
In South Korea, the same phenomenon is called gwarosa.
And in China, overwork-induced suicide also has its own word: gualaosi.
It’s NOT to stop working. (As delectable as that may sound at the moment.) It’s to stop working in a job you dread. It isn't the work itself that kills people. It’s the stress associated with the work they were doing.
So how do we stop stressing at work? Do something you actually love. When you love what you do, the challenges you're bound to face don't stress you out; they spur your passion and creativity. As Simon Sinek puts it beautifully, “working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
Life is too short to . . .
-Spend a third of your life in a prison
-Spend tens of thousands of hours in misery
-Live in chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression
-NOT to maximize your contributions with your gifts and abilities
-Hold on to a job for the sole purpose of a paycheck and pension
If you don’t do what you love, you’re wasting your time.
Steve Jobs said for 33 years he would look in the mirror every morning and ask himself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.