Mianya Ong
Apr 1, 2017 · 1 min read

Definitely-- working hard is a value that my parents instilled in me. I do think there is a distinct difference between working hard and overworking though. And often times, it can be hard to distinguish the two.

In high school, I remember being the type of person who walked around talking about SAT scores and my GPA all the time-- haha very cringeworthy, I know. But it reflects my state of mind back then: I called it hard work. Allnighters 3 nights in a row? Hard work. Involved in 12 organizations and skipping meals? Hard work.

Moderation is everything. It’s taken me a bit to realize that hard work should never mean leading an unhealthy lifestyle. It’s easy to say “this is temporary” and make sacrifices here and there. More often than not, I get caught up in my hard work and forget that the unhealthy choices were supposed to be temporary.

It sounds like you’re able to balance your goals with your wellbeing though-- I really respect and admire that. It takes a high level of awareness and discipline to maintain that. Even if you are working for yourself. Could probably learn from you in that regard haha.

Anyhow, thanks for the note. (:

Mianya Ong

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