“Work hard now so you can have it easy later.”
The problem with that idea is that it places overdue importance on some arbitrary milestone – a certain promotion or some net worth number.
As long as we’re focused on solving problems that matter, we are never set. We don’t ever get to rest easy.
But, with some luck and accumulated privilege, putting in the work now does make it easier to create the sort of optionality that enables us to direct that hard work onto areas that feel less like work and more like play.