Nowadays, the language ‘smart work’, is a philosophy thrown out to combat the idea of hard work. Many people believe that hard work is the secret to achieving rapid success. But, is it really true? This article seeks to interrogate the dynamics of hard work in a bid to determine if it is truly a pre-requisite for rapid success achievement. Hard work is one concept that hasn’t been given a concise definition. The question keeps coming back, ‘how much work is needed to be done for it to be classified as hard work?’
For many, hard work literally means slaving at a desk for long periods, for others, it means physical labour that produces sweat. This means a life devoid of pleasures and highly characterized by stoicism. Does this guarantee success? I doubt that. There are several people who have worked hard all their lives, yet have not even moved close to the borders of success. We should note that we live in fast times, and the mechanics that controlled the system have evolved. The paradigm has shifted, the rules that were in existence before no longer totally work.
The fact that you’re on your desk at work from 9 am to 9 pm doesn’t guarantee a place for you in the success hall of fame. Rather, a computer bloke somewhere in a café with his laptop can make something awesome and hit success in just a few months.
Working smart vs working hard
Working smart is more important than working hard. In fact, it is more proactive and guarantees better results. When you work smart, you will find and utilize creative ways to achieve results without wasting your time and resources. For example, a smart worker understands that a very critical requirement for success is stakeholder management. Hence, this smart worker invests time and resources into managing all the stakeholders that are relevant to his project, creating and solidifying relationships. A smart worker knows that to achieve success in this fast-paced society goes beyond knowledge or capacity; there is a huge role played by stakeholders.
Teamwork vs hard work
Remember that no man is an island to himself. It is important that connections are made in business and life. This is called networking. No matter the hard work you put into a project, success might just not come until the right person or a set of people joins you. Without the support of others who can help you to successfully complete projects, it can be very difficult to reach deadlines, relieve stress and expand your reach. This just supports the fact that the role of hard work has been relegated.
Creativity is the new language
Hard work sounds like a whole lot of routine and boring stuff. This century is driven by creativity and innovation. Toiling away at a project for months will only serve to bring about repetition, too many conservative ideas. What works is the idea big bang. With creativity and especially structured creativity known as innovation, hard work is definitely not the way forward.
So, is hard work completely useless?
Now, it is necessary that at this juncture we say that you will never achieve anything without adequate consistency and determination. Success doesn’t come from just a flip of the coin. There has to be a perfect blend of strategy and work. It is useless to toil on your projects by working hard and long, when you can implement some obvious tools or ideas to carry out your work.