ANNA PENG

The Hard Work

It’s so easy to get caught up in things that don’t add up to anything meaningful to our own lives. It’s so easy to do stuff we don’t want to be doing, with other people who also don’t want to be doing what they’re doing. It sounds something like: 

I’m so tired of this. 

I only stay because of the people here. 

At least I get paid a lot. 

Is it time to leave yet? 

There’s nothing wrong with feeling any of these things. So many others live perfectly fine this way. 

Instead, the main message I want to get across is that doing something purposeful is hard. 

It’s hard to get others to care about what you care about, because it takes a long time.

Purposeful work takes patience and hard work. If you’re doing something right now that you care about deeply, I hope you keep pushing forward. 


Overcoming Shyness

is hard. 

When I was younger, I used to look the other way, hide behind my mother, wait for someone else to speak up for me, and speak as if everybody had the ability to pick up tiny whispers.

Being an adult doesn’t mean you can no longer be shy (I still consider myself shy at 22). But, it does mean that knowing your strengths and weaknesses will be ever more important. 

Overcoming shyness has a lot to do with self identity and how much we understand our own selves. 

What do you do in times of immense stress? How do you feel when you accomplish something big? What is your behaviour like when you’re with friends or family? Why do you do what you do?


Taking Breaks

Working for too long a period of time, and you’ll find yourself needing to do something else. 

Not giving yourself enough time to do something else calls for burnout—an exhaustive, slow, painful method of working through the day. 

Not healthy, not fun, not conducive to quality work. 

Take a total break. Not just a break where you walk over to the water cooler for a sip of water, but one where you can have the chance to come back with a refreshed perspective. 

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