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EP259 Why Your Fear of Overwork is Killing Your Ambition

Eleanor Beaton
Eleanor Beaton
EP259 Why Your Fear of Overwork is Killing Your Ambition

Many women obtain a certain level of success by following the rules in the world of business — a world initially built for and by men. These rules have taught us that if we keep working hard and striving for our goals, we’ll reach that next level of success. Some women decide to play a smaller game, neglecting their dreams and ambitions out of fear of being overworked, overwhelmed, and disrupting the work-life balance they have established.

In this episode, I’m sharing how to unlearn the old rule that more success equals more work and how this rule keeps you from getting to the next level of success. I’m sharing the reasons why hard work will not take you to the next level, how to avoid overworking, and how powerhouse women manage their workload and get results.


“Success is not the result of your labor. Success is the result of your leverage.”


Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • The wrong mindset about success
  • The pivotal moment for Arianna Huffington regarding hard work and success
  • When hard work is a competitive advantage and when it starts to be a disadvantage
  • How hard work hurts your leadership
  • How overwork impacts leaders negatively
  • Why it is hard to be strategic when you’re overworked


Three Reasons Why Hard Work is Killing Your Ambition:

  1. It gets you in the door, but it won’t up-level you.
  2. Overwork undermines your leadership presence.
  3. When you’re overworked, it’s hard to be strategic.


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Fierce Leadership Quotes:

  • “Real success doesn’t mean working yourself to the bone. Real success means fulfillment. It means thriving.”
  • “Being at a high level of success means getting stuff done with as little effort as possible.”
  • “You’ve got to work smart. You’ve got to work strategically. That’s how powerhouse women operate.”


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