Let’s be honest. We see millionaires and billionaires in the top fortune 500 companies everyday and the first thing that came to mind is that they become rich by working smart rather than working hard. Is there a difference between working hard and working smart? Do they yield the same result at the end of the day?
In my view, working hard and working smart yield the same net results at the end of the day. The only difference is that people who works smart yields their net results faster than people who works hard. For e.g you can work 16 hours a day, 5 days a week and earning S$5K a month. On the contrary, we see people who earns the same amount of money but work considerably lesser hours a day. Does it reminds you that your boss is always going home early, working less harder than you but earning more than double your pay?
There is no substitute to hard work. Working hard is a basic quality and pre-requisite for everyone to work smart. A kid excels in his first exam by working hard through experimenting different studying techniques before he eventually knows which suits him best. As time goes by, the kid will know the best technique thats suits him which leads him to studying smart for his next exam.
Everyone should aim to work smart at the end of the day. While both may yield the same net results at the end of the day, you need to be reminded that there’s only 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and limited life expectancy for each and everyone. So would you rather work hard to reach your goal at the age of 65 or would you rather work smart to reach your goal at the age of 45? Only time will tell. But the next time your mum nags you for being lazy, tell her that you’re implementing “working smart” strategies :D.