Work Like a Slave, Live Like a King

My father used to have this laidback approach to life. Being the owner of a pretty successful restaurant, he’d go drive to work in the morning, drink his coffee, eat his breakfast, then he’d watch TV in his office for a few hours, then head back home in the afternoon, take a nap, then head back to the restaurant at around 7 PM, eat dinner, watch TV for a few more hours in his office, then drive back home, drink some wine, and then sit on the couch watching TV for a few more hours.

Those were the habits I observed during the years.

My father also didn’t like to have much. No plans for the future, no great ambitions. He wasn’t passionate enough about his business to learn and evolve. He also notoriously didn’t like to invest in his restaurant, which meant that the damn thing was close to falling apart when he went bankrupt.

Looking back, everyone could see what had happened, and why. But he didn’t. He never did. He put the blame on all sorts of external factors (real or even imaginary), and he thought it all to be unfair. Those who made it big were all thieves, liars, or lucky. And he wasn’t any of those things.


Take a hard look at your life. Do you do the same things? Do you value comfort over hard work? Do you want to Netflix and chill, do you take every opportunity you have to relax, to take it easy, to take a nap?

Are you awake? Truly so? Or are you just a bit lethargic, like you’re sleep walking through life?

That’s most people.

Most people just want to be comfortable. They just want to be okay. And all they get is discomfort, pain, struggle.

It’s all about mindset. That’s it. Having the right kind of mindset, that you are going to do what it takes to get to where you want to go. That you will outwork, outlearn, and outthink everyone around you.

Because, yes, I think most people ignore the fact that it’s not enough to just work hard. You need to think hard. To work smart. To always learn. To be alert and awake, to be aware of opportunities when they present themselves, and to know enough to do the right thing.

It’s not easy. Maybe it’s simple, but it’s not easy.

Work like a slave, live like a king.


  1. “Most people just want to be comfortable. They just want to be okay. And all they get is discomfort, pain, struggle.”
    This is also a matter of mindset, isn’t it?
    While I agree with you that most people “just want to be OK”, and that most of them do have their (un)fair share of “discomfort, pain and struggle”, I’m not sure this is “all” they get.
    There are some ‘fringe benefits’ attached to ‘just wanting to be OK’. And doing it smartly, of course. Peace of mind, time with your family and friends…
    I, for one, don’t want to be a slave. Nor a king. And, definitely, not both at the same time.


  2. Thanks. Because of recent ID and other problems, I’m not using any social media.
    In a year or two, this might change,
    This thoughtful – or do I mean thought-provoking – post has encouraged me to focus on
    working to change my own life.


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