My Definition of Hard Work and Great Achievement

My definition of hard work has to do primarily with openness, courage and authenticity, rather than just with working long hours and the goal of material profit, although it can involve massive action and material achievements too. I don’t agree with the saying about success that goes ‘One percent is inspiration, ninety-nine percent is perspiration.’ Accessing one’s spiritual foundation and deep inspiration makes hard work less a matter of disciplined suffering than a journey of happy effort. Inspiration either leads to success or a fantastic fun time. Personal growth / maturity is to learn to do what we really want to do, always again and with a lot of commitment to our true inner voice, which is the call of the universal intelligence that can not be wrong.


#032 From ambition to purpose (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))

Personal experience

Similar to my career transition from being a teacher to becoming a leader in the advisory / consulting business more than ten years ago, I more recently went through a period of intensive personal development again. The intention was to re-evaluate my current desires and life goals and to redefine and act upon appropriate next steps. This hard work was characterized in that I had to leave my comfort zone and work disciplined at my attitude too. Regardless of sometimes persistent and discouraging external influences, I have strengthened my own belief system and enjoy the new sense of achievements.

The certainty about the direction to take in my career and personal life is a fulfilling feeling. The commitment to lifelong learning and its application in work and life satisfies my curiosity and devotion to contribute to a truly human world.

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About mathias sager

Independent researcher, artist, social entrepreneur, and leadership and strategy advisor I was born in Zurich in 1975 and grew up in Switzerland. The last six years I lived in Tokyo, and currently, I’m staying in Pune/India. I love open-minded people everywhere and the passion to working relentlessly for developing human potential, which is an overarching theme throughout all his work. I have extensive experience in leadership and management, organizational psychology research, and learning & development practice. I have worked as a teacher, a leadership trainer, as well as a senior manager responsible for client relationships, counseling, and virtual teams around the world. Also, I’m a social entrepreneur and serving as a strategy and leadership advisor in different ways. My goal is to inspire with interdisciplinary, innovative, and cross-cultural approaches to personal and professional development for the people’s individual well-being and common good alike. Continuously learning himself and keen to help, I appreciate any questions or feedback you may have at any time. Please connect here on any social media, as well as per direct email