Hard Work vs Smart Work vs Working Hard

Hard Work vs Smart Work vs Working Hard.

There is a difference between hard work, smart work, and working hard. I want to talk about this in a little more detail here because a lot of people misunderstand these concepts.

Smart work is working intelligently and efficiently. It is obvious that you should do all your work smartly. But if you are not working smartly then only your efficiency is going down. You can still get things done but you’ll take more time to get them done. So not working smartly is not a totally bad thing. When you start out on any job as a beginner you are bound to work less smartly because you don’t have much experience. Experience teaches you how to work smartly. The more experienced you are in doing something, the more smartly you’ll do it. So smart work is very beneficial but not necessary to achieve success and even if you are not working smartly in the beginning, you can gain experience from your mistakes and get better at doing things with time.

Hard work means work that is challenging and hard. It doesn’t mean dumb work. It doesn’t always have to be physically hard either. As a freelancer if I write 500 words SEO articles, that’s easy work and many freelancers do it, but if I take on a ghost writing job for a long novel then that’s hard work. It will require a lot of time and attention and that’s why very few freelancers will give it a try and even fewer will be successful at it. If I restrict myself to SEO articles then I’ll have to fight against uncountable freelancers but if I try to make my niche in the ghost writing area then the competition will be much less. So choosing hard work is actually the smart thing to do. Choosing to do hard work and not shying away from it is absolutely necessary for success. Everyone can be successful at easy work and so the rewards of that success are very small and it doesn’t even feel like success. But only few people do hard work and success in that is considered real success.

Working hard is a completely different thing from the first two. It means to put in as much effort as you can into something, day in and day out, even when you are feeling tired and lazy. It is impossible to be successful without working hard. If you are working smartly but working only once in a while, your efficiency might be high but your output will still be low because there is so little input. Input always comes before efficiency. So the most basic thing you can do to be successful is to start working hard. After that you can increase your efficiency by working smart. Then tackle work that is hard and no one will be able to stop you from being successful.

So, when in the workplace, try to combine all three of these aspects. It will make for a VERY successful work environment!


“Success is not…

“Success is not arriving at the peak overnight; it is making continuous progress. Success is not a destination, but an adventure, which is accessible to all who dare to venture. So, when everyday is a plus on the previous, you can be termed successful.”

Author Unknown

Inspirational Short Stories of Failure Turned Into Success


Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded.

Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer.

Colonel Sanders had the construction of a new road put him out of business in 1967. He went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found a buyer interested in his 11 herbs and spices. Seven years later, at the age of 75, Colonel Sanders sold his fried chicken company for a finger-lickin’ $15 million!

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.

Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution, gave up a medical career and was told by his father, “You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat catching.” In his autobiography, Darwin wrote, “I was considered by my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect.

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” He was expelled and refused admittance to Zurich Polytechnic School. The University of Bern turned down his Ph.D. dissertation as being irrelevant and fanciful.

The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood before 20th-Century Fox finally produced it. It went on to be one of the largest grossing movies in film history.

Louis Pasteur was only a mediocre pupil in undergraduate studies and ranked 15 out of 22 in chemistry.

When NFL running back Herschel Walker was in junior high school, he wanted to play football, but the coach told him he was too small. He advised young Herschel to go out for track instead. Never one to give up, he ignored the coach’s advice and began an intensive training program to build himself up. Only a few years later, Herschel Walker won the Heisman trophy.

When General Douglas MacArthur applied for admission to West Point, he was turned down, not once but twice. But he tried a third time, was accepted and marched into the history books.

After Fred Astaire’s first screen test, the memo from the testing director of MGM, dated 1933, said, “Can’t act! Slightly bald! Can dance a little!” Astaire kept that memo over the fireplace in his Beverly Hills home.

The father of the sculptor Rodin [The Thinker Statue] said, “I have an idiot for a son.” Described as the worst pupil in the school, Rodin failed three times to secure admittance to the school of art. His uncle called him uneducable.

Babe Ruth, considered by sports historians to be the greatest athlete of all time and famous for setting the home run record, also holds the record for strikeouts.

Eighteen publishers turned down Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull, before Macmillan finally published it in 1970. By 1975 it had sold more than seven million copies in the U.S. alone.

Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone with the Wind was turned down by more than twenty-five publishers.

Richard Hooker worked for seven years on his humorous war novel, M*A*S*H, only to have it rejected by 21 publishers before Morrow decided to publish it. It became a runaway bestseller, spawning a blockbusting movie and highly successful television series.

When the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was completed, it was turned down by thirty-three publishers in New York and another ninety at the American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim, California, before Health Communications, Inc., finally agreed to publish it. The major New York publishers said, “It is too nicey-nice” and “Nobody wants to read a book of short little stories.” Since that time more than 8 million copies of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book have been sold. The series, which has grown to thirty-two titles, in thirty-one languages, has sold more than 53 million copies.

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere… son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Elvis Presley went on to become the most popular singer in America.

Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by twenty-seven publishers. The twenty-eighth publisher, Vanguard press, sold six million copies of the book.

Never give up believing in yourself!!!