We believe that both types of work are necessary to achieve success. However, I also believe that smart work is more effective than hard work. In my opinion, smart work is more productive because it allows people to focus on the task at hand without being distracted by other things going on around them.
Work is important to do as it takes us to the next level of success. The most important question you should ask at this place is what kind of work will take you to that level: is it hard work or smart work.
A hard worker is a person who consistently works towards what he perceives to be worth working for, regardless of how dynamic the situation might be. Success for the Hard Worker doesn't come overnight but only after putting in long hours at work and depriving oneself of the comforts of life.
A smart worker is a person who works towards, what he perceives to be worth working for and applies his brain and efforts in the most efficient manner with the help of integration of both. It guarantees successful results with minimal human energy wasted.
- Experience is the key
Hard work is the first step towards smart work. Through hard work we gain experience; it helps us discover many new things. This experience enables us to think smartly to solve a critical problem and achieve success. To work smartly, at first we need knowledge about the work, which comes only with hard work and experience.
- Needs commitment
To achieve anything in life, one has to commit to continuous hard work, which will lead one to the summit of achievement. There is no shortcut to success, only one’s persistent efforts can turn our goals into reality.
- Mental satisfaction
The word “hard” can be seen as an abbreviated form of the words hope, achievement, reward and destiny. All of these words take us towards victory. Besides, hard work provides us mental satisfaction when we achieve success. The result of hard work will be more appealing to us because we put a lot of effort into achieving it.
- May become boring after a while
Hard work may become boring and monotonous. Hard work doesn't allow you to fully use your brain and it pushes you for more physical work. If we fail after doing so much hard work, it becomes very difficult to cope with it.
- Fast -paced century
In the fast-paced 21st century, we need to work hard, but “smartly”. Bill Gates said that he would choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he would find a way to accomplish it easily. Hard work helps you to solve the instant problems of our life while overlooking the root of it. Smart work helps you to find the root of the problem and helps you to eliminate it.
- Time management skills
One very important life management skill is time management. Smart workers are very well aware that time is the most precious resource they have. They value their time the most in life. Thus, smart workers learn how to manage their time wisely.
- Value investing
You can drown in opportunities. Therefore, smart workers very carefully select the opportunities they engage with. They have no problem saying no. They’re patient and wait for the one right thing with low risk and massive potential return. It’s called value investing and your time is the most precious resource you can invest. Your energy and resources are very limited, thus as a smart worker you have to choose your battles very carefully.
- Makes us lazy
Smart work may make us lazy, as we get used to doing less work and get more output. And when it is really required to put some hard work into a task, it becomes difficult for the smart workers.CONCLUSION
- Fruits of toil
Smart work is the fruit of hard work. And to master the qualities of smart work, one needs to work really hard in the beginning.
The planning is the biggest difference between hard work and smart work. Without, proper strategy or planning, whatever you do, the probability of success will always be low. The planning should be based upon the reality. It should be based on the ground level of situation.
- Based upon the situation
You need to find out the easiest way out of a particular problem. Hard work never bothers about that. But smart work can make a way to handle a difficult problem in an easier way.
- Learning to work smart
A simple way to turn hard work into smart work is by understanding the aftermath of the process. If one keeps on working continuously without any reliable results, then they should consider working smartly. Rather than focusing all the attention on just the work, think about all the alternatives that could be undertaken to do the same amount of work in less time.
If you can incorporate working hard and smart together, you will achieve great heights and lead yourself to a better future. One who works hard and smart will, in due course of time, procure all the benefits and have a golden future!
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