Seth Godin on the modern version of hard work…

bq. Hard work is about risk. It begins when you deal with the things that you’d rather not deal with: fear of failure, fear of standing out, fear of rejection. Hard work is about training yourself to leap over this barrier, tunnel under that barrier, drive through the other barrier. And, after you’ve done that, to do it again the next day.

bq. The big insight: The riskier your (smart) coworker’s hard work appears to be, the safer it really is. It’s the people having difficult conversations, inventing remarkable products, and pushing the envelope (and, perhaps, still going home at 5 PM) who are building a recession-proof future for themselves.

bq. So tomorrow, when you go to work, really sweat. Your time is worth the effort.

“more here”:http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/09/labor-day.html