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January 30, 2016

We have a very strange relationship with ease: on the one hand everything is supposed to be convenient, instant and easy. On the other hand the things that come easy to us, the stuff we learn fast and can do well is somehow suspicious. If we see someone working and they finish without breaking a sweat we assume that we have somehow been cheated or that they are not trying hard enough. People who take it easy at work it is assumed, can’t possibly do good or enough work. Exertion and stress are the marks of the good worker. If we believe this story life will be very hard indeed.

Actually ease is also a hallmark of mastery. When Federer plays tennis it looks easy because he has incredible skill. He gets sweaty when he needs to but he doesn’t just run around the court to look busy. Neither should we. The reward for good work can be ease.