If you want to be successful, you basically have to make up your mind. See you have three choices; work hard, work smart or both. You may think I am over simplifying things. I am not. I am telling you this may be the hardest choice you have to make, but then you will see how easy it is to be successful. Success comes down to three choices, but you have to make the choice.
We can make this really complicated, but there is an old cliché; Keep It Simple Simon. Success can be based on some very good ideas like rocket science but not all success is rocket science. There was a time you could sell pet rocks and bottled water and make a fortune. There is still a fortune in bottled water. So I am not going to make this a complicated to do list; no to be successful you have three choices. Make up your mind to either work hard, work smart or both.
No matter what your idea is, you can find success; but it will not happen without any effort. If you have a simple idea, or good idea, a great idea or a super scientific breakthrough, it will take work. How much work it will take comes down to you and the idea you choose to pursue. Unless you are born rich, you have to work to make things happen in your life. Once you realize this you will realize your choices.
Work Hard. Working hard is a key to success, but it does not guarantee success. I think everyone needs to know how much work goes into a hard days work. If you want to open a business, grow a garden, tend to a farm, tend to a shop or spend all day counting money in a bank; you have to know how much work goes into a hard days work. You have to know when you are working hard, and if the people who work with you and for you are working hard. Learn what it means to work hard. Know an honest days work when you see one. And also know when the people you are working with are working hard and doing a good job. There is a saying that a hard day’s work is its own reward; but there is nothing wrong with thanking and rewarding a hard day’s work. But first you have to know what makes a hard day’s work.
Work Smart. If you know how to work hard, if you know the value of a hard day’s work; than you will know that it is better to work smarter than harder. There are some many 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week. Everyone needs rest, everyone needs a break. If you can find a way to get more done in a day and have more time to take a break; then you are working smarter. If you have people around you working hard, they will appreciate it if you show them a better way to get things done. Again, work hard, work smart and reward a hard day’s work.
If you want to know how to work hard, get around people who are working hard. If you want to know how to work smart, get around smart people who know how to work hard. See this leads to the third choice, both. Real success can be measured by people working harder and working smarter and quite naturally people working together. To find the best way to get things done, surround yourself with people who work hard and people who work smart. Let both of them rub off on you. Thank the people who work hard, and the people who work smart and share their ideas. Sharing the wealth is working harder and smarter.
I said I would keep this simple. I can not find a more simple way to explain my position. Now you can shoot holes in this post all you want. Or you can put my theory to the test. I am sure if you learn the value of working hard and working smart you will find success. Success comes down to three simple choices. Work hard, work smart or both. You and I both know what happens if you do nothing at all.