Yes hard work is essential to success, but it’s not enough.
Work hard, you become good.
Work smart, you become better.
Work hard and smart, you become the best.
I understand you have clear goal, you will give all of you out and work hard to achieve. That is awesome but you need to add one more key — work smart.
For instances, there are tons of people out there who are willing to work their ass off. Are you doing anything different from them? How are you going to stand you out among them? Do a robust research, not just on what methods do successful people applied, but also other factors such as potential difficulties that might come into your way in the future as you progressing.
Not convincing yet? You might be saying “no Ann your BS doesn’t make sense” and stuffs like that. Okay let me ask you this, if hard-working works and lead you to a successful life. It will earn you fortune and you’re able to live the dream life your want yeah? Then why aren’t the construction workers or technicians working 12 consecutive hours shift in factories are not making fortune and becoming successful(by the definition of earning millions/billions of dollars)?
Forget about what society told you, listen to your inner voice. Follow the voice that desperate for success and contemplate a smart plan to work.
How many times have your family, school, people surrounding you that told you to work hard? Hundreds if not thousands? You see, we live in this world that glorify people who “work hard”, which often the times referring to those who work overtime a lot. If somebody work smart, not spending as much time as those hard-working people, they will be criticized and deemed as “petty trick”.
A real case that happened in my friend Nick’s life. He works a 9-to-5 job as an senior engineer. One day in his office, person A and person B were assigned same type of work. The work was simple but not easy. Basically they had to sort TONS of raw data by given criteria and compiled sorted data into specific form. The deadline was a week from the day they were assigned the tasks.
They both were informed about the same given information when asked to completed same goal. Person A completed the task 3 days later while person B just completed 50% of the work. Nick went chit-chatting with person A and B separately, wanted to know what was the key point that made them so different.
It turned out that person A spent a whole day thinking how should she do to automate the work and what difficulties might occur. Versus person B started immediately after the task was assigned and decided to compile whole bunch of data manually.
Nick told me that person B is always hard-working since he first joined the company. He works overtime a lot therefore manager thinks he is a good employee. As apposed to person A, she is clever but is not deemed as good manager because she always leave office on time and refuse to work overtime. Interesting isn’t it?