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Thoughts On Hard Work | How It Can Be Counterproductive | Episode 2931

Today I will be discussing my thoughts on hard work. Do you ever feel like you are working so hard, but nothing is working? How about you feel busy all the time? Join me (JB Glossinger) on today’s show as we discuss the idea that hard work can be counterproductive.

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Episode 2931 Thoughts On Hard Work | How It Can Be Counterproductive

[00:00:09] Good morning and welcome to Morning Coach today. I am so glad you’re with us. As you know, my name is J.B. Glossinger, and this is your personal evolution system, the place to get your day started right. Welcome, welcome, welcome, and I’m so glad you’re with me this Tuesday, ready to take it on. Kind of leaning towards Halloween here, middle of October, heading into the fall season, which is always, I always love fall. You know, I used to play football back in the day, and it was that time of the year. But back in Indiana, the leaves started to turn, the weather started to get real nice, and I just, I don’t know, something about the fall season, which just, you know, right before winter, is just a good, good season. And I always just enjoyed it. It was a little sad because the summer was finishing, but, you know, it’s still a nice season. Right? Now, we’re going to have some fun this fall as we get into it a little bit more.

[00:01:01] Today, I got a great topic for you, and I really want to hit this hard because it’s something that you hear conflicting ideas on. OK? And it’s really my thoughts on hard work. So, it’s this idea of “when is hard work counterproductive?” Because we’ve all heard about hard work, and I even say sometimes you just got to pick up the shovel and go after it and just do it, right? But there are times when when working hard can be counterproductive. And I want to go through that because I get a lot of emails and questions on this, and it’s something that’s really important.

[00:01:30] By the way, if you don’t mind, instead of sending me emails, because of the volume it’s hard for me to get to everything, when you have a question, just go up to the Ask J.B. on the Morning Coach site and just put it in there. It’s so easy to type it in there, and I will get to you. I promise. We’ve had some great ones up there. But it’s just so much easier than email, because it just, I get so many emails, and it’s just easier to have them all in one place. So, if you don’t mind doing that, that would be fantastic, when you have a question.

[00:01:56] So, hard work. I mean, when, when is it, you know, too much? Well, let’s, first of all, let’s talk about Personal Development, because a lot of people come here and know I do this every single day. Meaning that I’ve done 2,931 episodes of this Morning Coach show, coaching show. Right? So, there’s 2,931 topics times 15 minutes. If you do the mat,h it’s, it’s crazy. It’s like a month. If you started listening on episode 1 and didn’t stop until today, it would take you a month, not sleeping, like, you’d have to listen 24 hours a day to get all the content. Meaning, there has been a lot of stuff put out over the years. And if you’ve been with me for the years or are just starting, it’s great, but either way, there will be a lot more coming, because I’m with you every day. Right?

[00:02:41] So, there’s days I talk about reading audio. You know, listening to audio books, I think is great. There’s the spreadsheet, you know, if you’re doing Wealth 101. And there’s listening here every day. There’s reading books that we do. We’ve done book studies in the past. And We do, you know, we’re doing M/M right now, of course, and there’s books in there. And it starts to add up a little bit. You know, there’s a lot of things that can be done because I put so much content out.

[00:03:05] Now, I really work hard to create an easy system for you. Meaning, you listen in the morning, right, and then maybe work a little bit on M/M during the day and or maybe Wealth 101 or some people taking ILD right now. I know Steve sent me an email over the weekend, he’s getting in ILD, a few people. And by the way, I try to get to all the comments or questions you have in there when you’re taking those courses as a member. But there’s a lot right. There’s a lot. And so, sometimes, if you get into it and you’re like me, you want to do everything. Oh, the Sacred Six journal, I want the Sacred Six book. You know, I want to go to retreats. And that’s totally cool. It’s totally cool.

[00:03:39] But there comes a point when you start to feel like you’re not doing enough, or you feel like you can’t do enough, and you start to get overwhelmed. Even with your personal development, and you start to feel unsuccessful. Right? And that’s the opposite of what we’re doing here at Morning Coach. That’s the opposite of what we’re doing with personal development. We need you to just grow and to feel and just keep moving. And if I give you something one day and it’s a little bit out of the norm, like, “Well, I just read this book. It’s awesome. You should read it,” and you’re in M/M, and you’re already, you know, you’re in “The Mind Illuminated,” and you’re halfway through, don’t go get that book. You know, put it, just wait for it. OK? Wait for it. This is my job to read three to four books a week, and sometimes, one of them, you know, it’s just like, “Wow, this is so great. I want to share it.” And I do my best to try to keep things simple here, but sometimes I share a little too much, and it ends up being work.

[00:04:29] So, Morning Coach should never be work. That’s my point. Your personal development should never be work. You should never feel like you’re not getting there. It’s a process. It’s just like rushing meditation. I’m doing that over 11 weeks to teach you. But that course could take years. You know? It could take, you know, for you to master meditation, right? It’s OK. It’s not meant to be just consumed all at one time.

[00:04:51] So, my point is, a lot of times, it’s not about the grind. And when you start getting into the grind, even with personal development, you have to back off because, all of a sudden, you’re adding stress to your life instead of having a feeling of empowerment. Because the real key is, it’s about how you feel. It’s not about the massive amount of work you do. OK?

[00:05:13] And that’s so important to understand from a metaphysical perspective that, yes, there are times we have to work. We have to pick up the shovel. I’m not going to sit here and say we don’t have to. But we don’t have to do as Gary Vaynerchuk says. You don’t, you know, sit there until your eyes bleed. There’s a balance, right? In reality, what Gary is talking about him building a business, it’s more about the talent that you have or the talent that you achieve that somebody is going to pay for you. It’s more about the value in the marketplace, you know, than it is than it is about just working hard. But the problem is, I think, what Gary tries to address with that is that most people don’t realize the time that it takes to get the expertise, and they’re wanting it overnight. And that’s really the difference, right?

[00:05:58] So, we want to work and do something that we enjoy. We want to put work in, but we don’t want to work so hard that now, all of a sudden, we’re working so hard that we’re feeling negative about the situation. Because once we start getting negative, that’s what we’re attracting into our lives. That’s a basic law of attraction principle. So, we’ve got to be very conscious of trying to do too much and then not allowing God, the universe, whatever you believe, to start working. Or just from a practical standpoint, that it sometimes takes some time to get things working. So, hard work can be counterproductive when you’re just working to work. OK?

[00:06:36] Many people I’ll talk to and they’ll say, “I’m so busy.” “I am so busy,” and then I’ll sit down, and I’ll go over what they’re doing, and it’s just busy work. There’s nothing really that’s contributing to anything. They get on the computer in the morning, and they don’t get up and move, and they’re just on the computer all day, and there’s not really any movement. Like, there’s really nothing happening.

[00:06:56] How do I know this? Because I do it a lot of times, and I’m raising my hands. I’m a master at focus and organization and getting a lot of things done. That’s what I teach. It’s the Sacred Six, but yet, I’m still one that will fall asleep at the wheel and just consider myself working hard. And I work 14, 15, 16, 18 hour,s and nothing gets done. So it’s like, well, what was I, what was I doing? And it was a lack of prioritization. It was a lack of understanding what I needed to do, and it was just trying to work through things, right?

[00:07:25] And so, we got to work smarter than harder. Hard work doesn’t guarantee success. And I think that’s the big issue. I think a lot of us think, “if I just work hard, that I’ll be successful.” That’s not true. What happens is, we manifest things based on the feeling and the way that, you know, we feel that things are going to come into our life.

[00:07:45] So, the other day, I did a show on manifesting money, on Friday, right? And I said, “you carry that hundred dollar bill around with you.” Well, why do you do that? Well, if we look at Jerry and Esther Hicks, right, who are the founders… or not, the Law of Attraction has been around from William Wattles and way before them. But Jerry and Esther did a great job of bringing, you know, and I’m not into the channeling thing, but supposedly Abraham came through and, you know, really brought them the information, but they really did a great job with this Law of Attraction idea and simplified it. And their concept is, when you carry like a $100 bill around and you think about what you can buy with it and you’re constantly mentally thinking about what you can buy with it, all of a sudden, you’re starting to change the feeling of the money in your life. Instead of going, “Wow, I got bills to pay. I have no money,” to “Wow, I have money,” which attracts more into your life.

[00:08:32] So, it’s the same thing with work. When you want to bring things into your life- and that’s really what we’re talking about with work, right?- what we need to do is, we need to feel good about what we’re doing. We need that feeling of appreciating, a feeling of gratitude to allow it to come into your life and allow it to flow to you. And that’s the real question is “how do you feel.

[00:08:53] You know, when your business isn’t getting bigger or your career isn’t moving a little bit faster, do you get frustrated? “What is it with other people?” Do you get frustrated when you see them? Do I get frustrated when I look at Tony Robbins? And I watched a video the other day, and I watched his place in Fiji, and it’s so beautiful. And he’s, you know, he bought it when he was 29 for $10 million. Now, he’s had it for 33 years. It’s this amazing place. And my buddy Billy Beck is training, you know, Tony. So,  I’m like, “Man, wouldn’t that be great to have?” And inside of me, I’m going, “Well, we couldn’t afford it. It’s… business isn’t big enough,” and, all of a sudden, you’re getting that little jealousy and animosity. And I have to catch myself and say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. That’s awesome that he has that. That’s great.” Feel great. Feel that Joy. Don’t get that little envy going, right?

[00:09:36] And that’s what we got to watch is how you feel towards other people? How you feel towards the work? How do you feel toward your personal development growth? And when it starts to get a little negative and your like, “J.B., another book? J.B., another course?” Slow it down. Get back to the basics. Listen to Morning Coach. Get your mind right. And it’s why I think meditation is so critical. Because we get so caught up in our mind, we get so caught up in the minutia that we don’t really realize what we should be doing everyday, so we just work. Or we shut it down, and we don’t work, and we expect things to happen, and that’s what Gary talks about. Like, well, you got to put effort in. Just because you got a YouTube channel doesn’t mean there’s going to be a million people come and watch it. And just because you know how to use a camera and you do nice videos doesn’t mean people are going to watch it. Just because, you know, you took a coaching course doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to get clients. And I see that a lot. Right?

[00:10:30] So, we’ve got to work hard. Well, how do you know what to work on? Well, you’ve got to add skills to your life that people are going to buy. And what are those? Well, depending, the market is challenging. We don’t know what the market wants. But what we’ve got to do is, we’ve got to learn and get out there and talk to people and, you know, meet with real people and see what they need. I can tell you one thing, the market will always buy. Always, always. And that is the solution to problems. That’s it. You know, and if you take ILD, you’ll learn that, you know, that you’ve got to come up with a solution to problems. And what is the problem that you’re solving? And what is the value of that problem?

[00:11:07] If you think about diamonds and De Beers, you know, there’s more diamonds than we can, can, there’s tons of them, but they created this thing that you need one for your wedding. You need one for engagement, right? They’ve constrained supply, and they’ve created this need, which makes the market more valuable because people want to solve the problem. What is the problem? I got to buy this huge ring for this wonderful woman that I want to marry, right? They created that problem, and they created a market of people that are just going crazy over this stuff.

[00:11:34] You know, Apple is great at creating, you know, creating a market. They got the new iPhone X out. I’m going to buy it. I’m going to get up at 3:00 in the morning and order it, right? They constrain supply, so there’s not enough for everybody. Those are just marketing techniques that just happened, but they’re creating the need. People want it. People want it, right? They’re creating the need. So, it’s solving a problem. What does an iPhone X do? Well, I’ve got an iPhone 6 Plus. It’s going to be faster. It’s going to work. My phone’s really slowed down. I actually think the iPhone, the 11 update they just did, they actually slowed the phone down. So, when you get the new one, it’s fast. Seems like it, at least.

[00:12:08] But the point is, you got to solve problems, right? So, it’s not always about working so hard, unless you’re working hard to become a problem solver. It’s about finding the problems you solve. Same thing at work. I mean, if you go to work everyday, what problems do you solve? The CEO has to report to the board to make sure that company is profitable. That’s a much bigger problem than somebody that’s, you know, putting the widget together. You see what I’m saying? So, the bigger the problem you solve, the more money you make. So, it’s not always about how hard you work.

[00:12:39] And then it’s how you feel. So, if we want to get into the metaphysical side of it, the Law of Attraction side of it, do you feel that you don’t deserve the money? Do you have impostor syndrome? Do you not feel the value when you look at your bank account? Or do you get scared when you look at your bills? Do you feel anxiety? Those are things we’ve got to work on, right?

[00:12:58] So, these are the basics. If you can get this down, you don’t have to work hard. You solve problems. You bring that to the marketplace. The market either buys it or doesn’t, and there always be a percentage of people that won’t. So, you just, you know, it is what it is. And if you can build it big enough that a lot of people come, that’s great. Or you take it into the job market, and you take your value in there, and you put it out there, and you feel good about it. And you watch the comparison, the jealousy, the animosity, and then you start learning skills to increase your value, which increases your revenue. Right?

[00:13:28] So, my point is, just watch getting too overwhelmed in anything you do because that’s is a big issue. And then if you start feeling negative about any situations, we need to make that switch because that’s what’s going to push it away from you and bring the opposite in. I mean, the truth is, you’re only going to get one of two things. You’re only going to get abundance or lack. You know, everything has an opposite. You either have health or unhealth, right? And so, we want to have the good things in life. In order to do that, we got to start feeling good about our health, feeling good about our relationships, feeling good about our money, feeling good about the value we’re putting in the world, and continue to learn and grow and develop.

[00:14:02] So, how do you do that? Well, I’m, I’m giving you the sources. Right? We have ILD in the membership program. We have M/M to get your mind right. Slow it down. Get out of the noise. I think it’s one of the most important things we can do. You know, if you aren’t generating what you need, if your life isn’t filled with happiness and joy and peace, then there’s a break down there. You know, we are here to be abundant beings. We’re here to create. And if you’re not feeling that joy and that peace and that happiness and that gratitude, then we’re out of balance. We’re out of alignment. We need to get that back. In order to get that back, we’ve got to start feeling better about the things we need to do. And we’ve got to get clear about what we want to do and then really put the game plan to attack that. OK? So, that’s what we got to do.

[00:14:44] And if you’re really stuck with that, like I said, I’ve got a lot of tools for you. I also do some coaching. So, if you want to get a hold of me, go to the coaching page at and click on that, and I’ve got a couple of group coaching slots open, and I’ve got a couple individual. Not many, but I have a couple. I could probably squeeze a couple of people in if you want to work with me. But it’s, you know, I just have only so many slots.

[00:15:05] But the main thing is, I just want you to feel better about what you’re doing, working smarter not harder, and just, just let this work for you. Those are my thoughts on hard work. Buy into this system. Come here every day. Change the way you’re thinking. Get a little more positive. Start to believe in things a little bit differently. And watch how your life will just evolve. Recognize that this takes time. It really does. But it will evolve as you keep moving forward. OK?

[00:15:33] So, I love you. I’m running out of time. I’ll be back tomorrow. We’re going to talk about what it means to surrender. Don’t miss it. Really big week this week. Let’s slow it down. Stick with me with M/M. Make sure you’re meditating. Those small segments, even five minutes, I’m cool with. But we want to start slowing that brain down so that you can feel this positivity and this energy that’s going to come into your life. OK? So, I love you. Get out there. Have a great day. And I will be back with more here tomorrow at

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