In this day of corporate downsizing there is much fear in the market place. However, to a degree, there has always been a certain amount of fear as far as our employment security is concerned, and for a number of years the term "workaholic" has been a common one. I would like to point out, however, there is a difference between the "peak performer" and the "workaholic," and in the motives from which they work.
The workaholic frequently works out of fear and/or greed, either of which is a negative emotion that ultimately will lead to some serious problems in the individual's life. Excessive fear is never a healthy companion and if the worker is getting to work early and staying extremely late because he or she fears losing their job, that's not healthy.
An even more destructive fear is the fear of dealing with difficulties at home. Many workaholics enjoy and are good at their jobs but they are unwilling to take the time necessary to communicate with a rebellious teenager or their mate. This factor keeps them on the job long hours and helps them avoid those confrontations. "Things" motivation also drives the workaholic. They want a newer, bigger house, a fancier car, or to be able to take longer, more exotic vacations. They're working to acquire things beyond their needs and often sacrifice their health and their families on the altar of work.
Peak performers work hard because they love what they're doing. They work smarter, love their jobs and the goods or services their jobs provide. They also love to provide adequately for their families. Evidence is irrefutable that loving what you do and the people you are doing it for is healthier, more productive and even more financially rewarding than working out of fear or greed. Explore your motives. Working out of fear and/or greed can be emotionally and physically damaging. Working extra hours invested because of love is healthy up to a point. Work for love and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!