The Work

Thejus Chakravarthy
2 min readFeb 2, 2019

Waking up early so that you can exercise.
Staying up late so you can practice your scales.
Using your lunch break to proofread your next blog post.

Lifting weights to be a better writer.
Watching live music to become a better actor.
Studying acting to become a better frontwoman.

Reading the works of the past to understand the future.
Hearing the ideas of children to be a better adult.
Finding inspiration in your daily commute.

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Reading more about the things you love from people who hate it.
Reading less about the things you love from people who agree with you.
Focusing on your technique without thinking about the end product.
Treating praise and criticism as the same kind of feedback.
Knowing when something is good enough to walk away from.
Acknowledging that you aren’t as good as you could be…yet.

The Work is what happens when you realize that success and fame are fleeting and mostly luck. The Work is what’s left when you’re alone with your passions and your intentions. The Work is what you do when you know you have something inside you that wants to get out and you’re willing to tear yourself apart to set it free. The Work is the truest expression of yourself, your voice, your experience, all shaped into an arrow flying towards a target only you can see.

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Trading hours for money is work.

The Work is when you trade hours to really live.

And The Work is the only thing that really matters.



Thejus Chakravarthy

if i’m not optimizing some operations puzzle or the other, i’m probably reading (or writing, apparently)