Many motivational gurus and entrepreneurs these days propagate the idea that the key to success and work-life balance is not hard work, but smart work. But if that's indeed the case, why there are so many cases of successful people like Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and Elon Musk who say they had to work hours on end to achieve their dreams? So which way to go, hard work or smart work? Business expert and speaker Jeff Haden weighs in in an article for Inc.
Haden believes that the key to an accomplished life is not one or the other, but both hard work and smart work. Of course it sounds easier working smarter rather than harder, but truth be told successful people do both because smart work alone may not yield the desired results as soon as you want them, whereas hard work alone can be in vain if it's not effective and efficient. But success is not all about smart work or hard work, right? There are also factors that are out of our control, such as luck and timing. What do we do about them? Nothing, you can't do nothing about them, so don't pay attention to them. Instead, focus on what you can control, in this case how hard and smart you decide to work towards your goals.
The amount of effort you put in your work and endeavors can give you the upper hand because after all, no one is born an expert, but to acquire the skills you need or want, you have to work hard first and as you gain experience, you'll be able to balance hard work with smart worth. But the bottom line is that anyone who wants to become successful should make "hard work" their mantra.