‘Workhorse’ versus ‘Racehorse’
Are you a ‘workhorse’ or a ‘racehorse’? I consider myself a workhorse in almost every respect.
I cannot race through something just to finish. However, I can keep going, making incremental progress and take a longer view, thereby working towards what I really want to achieve, which takes time, effort, and work, in most cases. In relation to my long-term photography project, which I hope and plan to finish in the coming months, and with really anything in life, the best piece of advice I have received – is to continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep going without being paralyzed by it all. This advice can be applied to really any area of our lives. I believe one can accomplish so much with this approach, if one is willing to live with delayed gratification; be wiling to consistently work hard; have the ability to live with the uncertainty and unknown; and have faith that one’s efforts will pay off in the long-term, if one keeps going no matter obstacles one might encounter along the way.
So, if there is something that you really want to accomplish, chances are, taking the ‘workhorse’ approach will benefit you more in the long run versus the ‘racehorse’ approach. The ‘racehorse’ approach may feel like an easier approach in the short-term, but it will not lead to the same desired outcomes. After all, steady progress, work, and effort can lead to great things.
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” — Earl Nightingale