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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

The Hard Work Deception

Updated: Mar 10

"It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems." - Thich Nhat Hanh

Hard work, maybe I can't, I'll take a break or day off, even if I don't advance

Hard work pays off, as they always say. If you put in so much work, and work your best it's going to pay off in the long run. Without labour nothing prospers. Growing up you have probably heard these things before, and have striven to work the longest amount of hours in order to actually achieve your goals and meet your deadlines. But with all this hard work and effort, does it lead to actual success in all areas of your life, or is it just in a couple of areas, but other areas are crippled or damaged by your efforts. I mean, well, there is an opportunity cost for everything! Your not going to gain anything in this world, without sacrifice. Let's go into history and speak on a person whose influence has shaped perspective on work-life balance still to this day.


Immanuel Kant a renown 17th century philosopher, who has many contributions to the Enlightenment era, reason, philosophy, and many of his works are still being studied until this day. After reading the book called "Rest: Why We Get More Done When We Work Less" the author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang spoke on Kant and his thoughts regarding work-life balance. He was quoted in 1796, saying "reason acquires its possessions through work," and forms of knowledge that claim anything other than formal, rational foundations are suspect. With this understanding, it furthered the significance that it's not just about the knowledge, but how hard you worked to produce that knowledge, which made the knowledge or idea more profound than it already is. As technology, bureaucracy, and innovations increased this mentality gave birth to institutionalised and organised schools of thought to produce ideas through means of production instead of means of leisure. Now knowledge or ideas which were produced by intuition, leisure, and tranquillity were not as trustworthy anymore or credible.

This thinking gave birth to the new industry of workaholics, and people who say you have to work extremely hard to accomplish your dreams, instead of working smart. This made rest and work separate instead of integrated together. Professionals and business owners now defer sleep, rest, and repose as a sign of weakness instead of a means of improving your quality of life and work. This has lead to me creating my business entity, called RKease Company and our slogan is rest is reason, which is to reestablish this relationship that we have with rest in order to improve the quality of work-life balance, by teaching stress management strategies to the Canadian populous in order to make a powerful impact. I hope to be able to change this mentality and affect as many lives as I possibly can!!

Stay tuned for my next blog, as I speak on the Hard Work Deception 2: The Consequences of being a Workaholic. Peace! :)

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