|10-29-2007, 06:41 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Work Hard, or Work Smart?
Based on messages from my childhood, I was always of the opinion that hard, nose-to-the-grindstone, never-take-a-vacation, obliterate-any-semblance-of-normal-life work was the key to success.
But history, both personally and of those whom I know, tends to support the old saying: What do you get when you work your fingers to the bone? Bony fingers.
I used to get to the office early. Work through lunch. Stay late. Always be the "go-to" guy for special projects and all the rest.
The result? Not at all what I expected.
My payoff was to be laid off along with every other slob. First, when the organization was forced into bankruptcy by the parent company. Then on the next job, laid off during a massive corporate restructuring designed to create an artificial bump in the organization's stock price.
Clearly, working hard wasn't working. And as most of us know, work is like a gas; if you let it, it will fill every available space.
Well, over the past year or so I've made a conscious effort to work smart instead of hard. And it has made an absolute world of difference. My health is better, I'm more productive, I'm earning more money and I'm having a ton more fun.
But what does that mean? What's the difference between working hard, and working smart?
For me personally, working smart includes some of the following characteristics:
|10-29-2007, 07:02 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Texas, USA
I would also add that when you are living out your passion, your work doesn't seem hard regardless of how much time you spend on it. It becomes another wonderful part of your "real life" and doesn't detract from family, friends and fun.
From experience, constantly moaning about your job will make it harder and allow it to seep into all areas of your life like a blob-monster. Make efforts to live your passion, but until then, be thankful for the job you have and follow cdn's tips above to keep it in check.
That's all I got for now.
|10-29-2007, 08:08 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
I imagine it would depend on what level of achievement one considers a success. The most productive people I personally know (those who average mid six to eight figures per year) work hard AND smart. Of course, none of them are worker drones (they have a fair amount of autonomy in what they do), but they all tend to work 15-18 hours per day 6 to 7 days per week until they either sell their business or finish whatever project they're working on, then wait a while until starting another business or heading another project. This article fits the type of person I'm talking about:
After succeeding, young tycoons try, try again | Tech News on ZDNet
Of course to succeed in much outside of work, I'd emphasize the working smart aspect to reduce the need to work hard, I just wanted to emphasize that the two aren't mutually exclusive of each other.
Last edited by openeyes; 10-29-2007 at 08:11 PM.
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