When Hard Work Does Not Pay Off and The Invisible Arc of Fate

“Hard work pays off” is just one of the many overrated statements out there. I have come to discover that it is not true for all people. You can prove me wrong but read on. The idea that anybody can work hard and finally succeed is only useful for encouragement purposes. Again, before I get into some people’s nerves, let me put it this way: many people are working so hard, really hard, but still remain poor or unsuccessful in life and then you start to wonder what the whole point is.

hard work pays off


A short story about hard work

A few years ago, I had the privilege of being a student leader and I had to speak in front of hundreds of people many many times. Often, I found myself repeating the same phrase “work hard now if you want to live a good life later” and quite honestly, I didn’t even know what the hell that meant. I mean, some students spent hours and hours studying but still failed in class. How can you tell such a person to work hard in school?

Am I saying that you should not work hard? 


In life, your fate is mostly determined by the people around you, and with that in mind, think of it as an arc, an environment that is either conducive or not. There is an often invisible cycle that is hard to break – whether it is for success or failure. If you come from a successful family environment, your chances of being successful are often high and the opposite is undoubtedly true.

This might sound very obvious but ….

Most of us keep failing because we don’t know where the exit door is located in the arc. You could argue that some of us do not have doors to get out of the darkness and that might be the case. Sometimes however, we need someone to show us that door. Think of someone lending you a hand, a push up the ladder, some help and guidance. That is what it takes to locate the EXIT door.

Smart Hard Work Pays Off

We are NOT born equal. The fact however is this: once you are born, your journey begins whether you like it or not. From the moment you can tell the difference between real life and fantasy, good and evil, good decisions from bad ones, move out of your parents’ basement, pay your own bills, you then have a place in this world and your life will depend mostly on how smart you work. When you do something, how much effort do you put into it?

Some people say “don’t work hard, work smart instead” and while that might sound intelligent, not many people understand it. My interpretation is this : before you do something, be it choosing a school, buying a house, building a web application, getting married, starting a business, making babies or doing anything else not included here, STOP and THINK!  Research, research again, plan, talk to experienced people about it, be patient and repeat. 🙂

What it all come down to…

Sometimes I find myself asking many questions. I look closely at how things are and see two sides of a coin that is life. On one side, the few and on the other, the masses who live under the mercy of the few. Today, more people are simply locked inside arcs without exits. But of course we cannot sit here and blame the system. No matter how hard it is to break out of the cage, we must keep trying and maybe one day, we will be free to do what we deem necessary to achieve our dreams.

It doesn’t really matter whether you are in India, Japan, Nairobi, California or South Africa. What matters is whether you can get that one precious opportunity to step out of the arc, break the cycle of poverty, the cycle of crime, the cycle of ignorance. It matters though, that when you see an opening, when the EXIT lights come on, you should not wait any longer – instead, put all your effort to it and show the world that you deserve it.

In Summary

All these noise on whether hard work pays off or not is meant to encourage, make sense of things, rant, advise and more. At the end of the day my friend, just working “hard” without working “smart” is just as dangerous as being lazy! If you really want something, you don’t wait for it to come to you, instead, you get the hell up and go get it! Simple! Insist! Repeat until you get it done right! Do not quit or give up! Give other people chances, do not lock the door after you – well, karma is (what you wanna call it).

If you are interested in finding out more about The Secret to Success, watch a documentary called, well, “The Secret” which is on Netflix. It will blow your mind! If it doesn’t, don’t sue me!

Thanks for reading my rant here. Whether you agree or not, bills must be paid, you must do your job, you must pay taxes and you must eat! Always remember to work smart and be ready to grab an opportunity and go with it. Good luck and please let us connect on Facebook or Google+ or Twitter. 

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Written By Elisha Chirchir

Elisha Chirchir is a software developer. He is also the founder of Simple Developer and co-founder of Instinctive Software Solutions. On any given day, he works on both Android and Web Development. During his 'free time', he offers training to those interested in learning how to code in php, java, python, javaScript etc. You can easily find him on StackOverflow Android chatroom or on Twitter @Eenvincible

4 Comments on “When Hard Work Does Not Pay Off and The Invisible Arc of Fate

  1. zubair Reply

    February 20, 2014 at 5:17

    think before you leap!!, i often forget this.

  2. Fatihi Said Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 6:28

    When you mentioned Nairobi (Thats where am from) I felt like you were speaking directly to me.Thanks for this. Its hard but as you said,be persistent and when opportunity knocks give it your all. Be blessed Elisha.

  3. jp purohit Reply

    August 29, 2014 at 6:13

    i work hard n work smart too,i get appriciation,faith, value too still at the last pick moment result changes n everything became changed. Is it fate?

  4. Alexis Reply

    November 28, 2014 at 12:01

    I found this EXTREMELY helpful, and it confirmed for me many of the things that I have felt but have not yet been able to put into words. Thank you!

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