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!