The 4 Differences Of A Workaholic & A High Performer


You may think workaholism, is same as performance but they’re actually nothing alike.

We know it’s both looks like hard work, yet there is a big difference between both of it. The biggest difference is how the person feels on the inside about who they are in relationships with their work.

Someone who is a high performer works hard in a healthy environment and healthy sustainable, where this person feels happy.  A workaholic, on the other hand, works hard in unhealthy environment unhealthy sustainable ways and feel unhappy. A workaholic usually suffers from a burnout.

Well there are more differences between someone who is a workaholic and someone who is a high performer:

  1. Someone who is a high performer knows their own value. 

Someone who is a high performer knows their self-worth and can thus work with a sense a freedom, they do periodic self-evaluations of their performance so that they can constantly improve. They create their own feedback loops rather than waiting on feedback from others. While workaholics allow others to determine their value.

Someone who is a workaholic, on the other hand, relies on external validation from those around them: bosses, colleagues, and clients. They wait for external evaluations, such as mid-year or annual reviews, to understand how well they are doing, which causes them to work with a constant sense of fear.

  1. A high performer knows when to give a 100%.

Someone who is a high performer knows when to “turn it up.” They know when they’re expected or required to give everything they have and they save their energy for those occasions.

They don’t buy into the illusion of 110%, they know that 110% is unsustainable. Instead, they focus on increasing their capacity so that their 100% is better than the competition’s 110%.

A workaholic attempts to go all out, all the time. Which is the biggest reason why they turn out to get a burnout. They have difficulty prioritizing what’s important, therefore, everything is important in their mind.

  1. A high performer takes initiative. A workaholic is reactive.

Someone who is a high performer plan out their day in advance to make sure they will get their most meaningful work done. Only after they have completed these takes do they allow themselves to shift focus to unplanned events.

By contrast, a workaholic’s day is driven entirely by outside distractions like reading emails and handling crises. If and when all of the minutiae get the address, they try to do what’s most meaningful.

  1. A high performer does business. A workaholic is just busy.

Someone who is a high performer has a primary goal to do business. The only thing that matters to them is results. If they can’t see a way to create value in the moment, they facilitate or strategize instead. They know that like the economy, business comes in waves, therefore they get ready during the dips so they can capitalize during the upswings.

The No. 1 goal of someone who is a workaholic is to be busy at all times as they believe that the busier they are (or appear), the more important they must be.

Workaholics fill any space in time with busy work because they feel insecure doing nothing. The insecurity comes from not knowing their value.

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