8 In Korean Drama

노력만 하면 돼?


Cheongdamdong Alice has made it to my top 10 all time favorite dramas, at the Number #2 spot after Fantasy Couple. Watching the drama makes me reflect and think a lot and the drama touched on many issues close to heart. (No I’m not rabbit hunting) One reason why I can relate so much to the drama is because it expounds on the issue of hard work and success and that is also the question that I’m trying to find an answer to.

Does working hard become equivalent to success? Does it really pay off?

Right now, I think I really want to believe that my hard work will amount to something. I want to believe that if I work for it, my dreams and goals will come true. It’s disheartening, but as I grow older, I kinda stopped believing that hard work = success. The equation is not so simple and maybe sometimes money and being rich counts for more. Or having the right connections. I don’t know.

I’m still desperately trying to cling on to the idea that my hard work will pay off somehow. I won’t say that I work harder than anyone else, but I know I did work hard. So… we’ll see.

But maybe one day I’ll be forced to abandon my ideals and yes I really like the phrase 검을테면 철저하게 검어라 (if you want to go over to the dark side, throw yourself there completely). I think I’m really the kind of person. ><;

I think I really sympathize with Yoon ju a lot. Because no matter what methods she used, she did work really hard to climb to the position that she is in now. And she’s not having a perfect time too, having to act super carefully and hide her past.

In any case, I think this is a drama worth watching. It’s realistic (as realistic as a drama can get), not afraid of going to untested waters and very relatable. None of the characters are perfect and everyone is majorly flawed. Just like how everyone is in real life.

Highly recommended. Watch the drama here.

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    15 January, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Shanananananana!!! Same here!!!! 나도요 나도요 나도요!!!!
    And exactly on those two points as well! I have my dreams. It’s not all big and grand and can easily be reached by other people, but for me I have no other choice but to work hard on it. Been living like that and sometimes it’s discouraging and disheartening when after all the efforts you’re not even getting near your goals/dreams. Remember a scene when 한세경’s father admitted defeat saying that nothing will change and he’s just saying that efforts and hard work can work so that he’ll continue living. But I still (want to) believe 노력은 절대 배신하지 않는다.
    And I’m also someone on the nice side. Too nice most of the time. Exerting too much effort for the sake of other people sacrificing and something forgetting myself. So I’m so prone to getting hurt, feeling betrayed and disappointed. Before the end of last year so many things have happened to me that made me afraid to trust people. And I almost decided to try and change to a 나쁜여자 but a good friend talked me out of it. So the line 검을테면 철저하게 검어라 really has a big impact for me too.
    (Too nice + exerting too much effort = so Alice in Cheongdamdong!!!)
    A lot of friends has been telling me/are watching Alice but I shrugged the thought of watching because I’m busy with school. But when you’ve mentioned you are also watching and liking it (some posts back or on twitter? can’t remember), I decided to download the first episode. In less than 5 minutes of episode 1 I was sold (the moment she said “l’effort est ma force”)! I totally admire the writer. It’s one brave drama. I hope the ending will be satisfying. I believe it will be. 🙂 🙂

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      16 January, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      so glad you loved the drama too!!!! And that you share the same sentiments!!! 😀 I think the scene where 소인찬 was telling 세경 how his finances can never balance and everything is a minus really got to me D: It’s not like he didn’t work hard. He tried, but it just didn’t work out. sigh. And the scene that you said too, with her dad. It’s heartbreaking but that’s life. ㅠㅠㅠ

      I know some people feel that the drama got draggy behind and that people seem to suddenly have changed personalities. I disagree though. It’s not that we can only have fixed personalities and sometimes a huge change is possible. Especially with In Hwa. I can actually get how she changed from the aloof and cool career woman to doing all these evil bitchy acts. It’s not jealously (in the sense that she like seungjo), but the thought of losing and how she find gold diggers despicable (it’s like she feel that she’s above them)

      ahhhh can’t wait to know what will happen ><;;;;

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    15 January, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Ah, ever thought of getting the novel 청담동 오두리?

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      16 January, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      is that the novel the drama is based on? o.O

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    18 January, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    hehe i love this drama too! thanks for the recommendation :p and im back to reading ur blog now that ive started work HAHA

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      18 January, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      hehe weekend is here!! NEW EPS 😀 hahahaha. 자주 놀러 와요~~~

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    5 February, 2015 at 5:37 AM

    After many years of working very very hard, I have some to the conclusion that hard work does not equal success. But, at least a person can say that they tried their best. I think connections outrank money in achieving success. Even if you have money, there is no guarantee that you will get the job you want. However, connections are a definite “in” for most situations and jobs. So, being born into the right class strata or luckily being friendly classmates with the right people will count for more in the long run. Going to a traditional college and making connections with professors who can help you get a job rates much higher than getting a degree from a top notch college online where the professors don’t know you and won’t help you after you finish the degree regardless of how great your work was. Of course, all of this is based on the last 57 years of accumulated experience of my life, so it is just a subjective opinion. I have seen lazy people with great connections get impressive jobs.

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