The idea that you should work smarter(strategic work), not only harder, isn’t anything new. When talking about the difference between smart and hard work it’s pretty simple to explain what working hard means.
If you want to be successful in the long run, you have to put long hours into work. You have to start early, before all other people, and you have to stay up late when everyone else is already enjoying their afternoons and evenings.
On the other hand, it’s really hard to find very clear guidelines on what working smart really means and how it’s different from hard work. It’s very obvious that even if you’re determined that nobody will outwork you, you still have maximum limits regarding working hours that you reach pretty fast; and there’s always someone who’s willing to sleep less than you.
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On top of that, many people work hard, but only a few become really successful. That’s because smart work is what makes the difference.
Personal Assistant to the CEO working 70 hours a week.
Personal Assistant to the CEO working 70 hours a week (50hours on the job, 20hours observing/learning the job of the CEO).
Meet Barbara Corcoran (@BarbaraCorcoran)- who went from CEO’s Personal Assistant to founder/CEO of the $66m Corcoran Group.
Social media manager at @WarbyParker.
Meet college dropout, Jen Rubio, @jennifer
Working hard to build a gaming ecosystem that failed twice.
Pivoting from the gaming system to a communication tool that became the $17billion @SlackHQ
Meet strategic worker, Daniel Butterfield – billionaire and failed gaming executive.
Working for your uncle to learn the trade.
Borrowing $3,000 from the same uncle to build a $10bn conglomerate.
Meet Dantata’s nephew and Africa’s richest man, @AlikoDANG0TE
Hard work is great, but it’s never enough. Successful people work hard while looking beyond their current roles and positioning themselves for bigger things. Strategic work > Hard work.
How are you going to work henceforth? Let us know in the comment section below.