|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:
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