Published: Friday, 13 January, 2017 10:30 AM
Hard work embedded with smart work leads to success
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|It is common knowledge that hard work is the key to success. To succeed in life and achieve results, the significance of hard work cannot be over emphasised. Hard work is that crucial thing which translates aspirations and dreams into reality. But in the dynamic world of today, people are finding different ways of reaching the goal and are bypassing the conventional path which required intensive hard work. The young generation believes in smart work and knows what it wants from life and also, how to get there.|
A. In life, nothing can be done without working hard. Each one of us remembers toiling hard before the exams to get good scores or burning the midnight oil to meet a deadline. We did this because we realised the value of putting in that extra effort because we cherish the dreams and aspirations that we set for ourselves and want to achieve them at any cost.
B. Those not willing to work hard are lazy. Such people shirk all work given to them and lose out on opportunities that others grab. Their aspirations, too, lie within their comfort zones. They don’t like testing themselves too much and are happy allowing things to happen to them, rather than being proactive. Laziness is not an option for the present generation as they aspire for greater things and are willing to work hard it.
C. But the world is changing. The demands of the changing world require hard work as well as smart work. The young generation of today are changing the rules of the game. They believe in smart work. They believe in extracting the maximum out of each moment. Since life is to be lived only once, the youth is putting in the hard yards but in a smart manner, such that there is enough time to pursue other interests. Nobody wants to slog hard throughout their lives and miss out on life. Enjoying life is as important as work for the present generation.
D. Smart work is the answer to today’s fast-paced and competitive world. I think a balance of hard work and smart work needs to be struck in order to succeed in today’s times. No point working hard on everything in life. The effort can be used judiciously in focusing on tasks that have a long term impact. Many people work hard but not all become successful. A smart worker balances his/her life well, utilizes time effectively, and finds innovative solutions to problems.
E. True. I think technology has made a big difference. The continuous technological advancements have made life simpler. The task that required effort can now be done at the click of the mouse. Technology has helped in a big way to reduce efforts and time and enable one to make smart choices. For instance, visiting a bank seemed to be a dreadful thought, but now, nearly all banking facilities are available on your smart phones.
F. Working hard may not prove to be enough. It can also consume a lot of time and take a toll on your health. On the other hand, a smart worker knows what to do, how to do, when to do and where to do efforts to accomplish a task. It results in more focus and streamlining of things.
Hard work is no more a guarantee for success. One needs to be smart in terms of rationalising one’s efforts, using time effectively, being aware and clear about one’s goals and ways of reaching it. Therefore, in these times, hard work embedded with smart work, will lead you closer to success and a quality life.
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Arthur Marara Motivation for Success
“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” (William Arthur Ward). William Arthur Ward (1921–March 30, 1994) was gifted author, poet, and is one of the most quoted authors of inspirational maxims.His recipe for success captures one important principle of success; success is not an accident.
This week I am going to focus on the Third Discipline of Success: Good Planning. Like I have always been saying, these articles are part of the 10 DISCIPLINES OF SUCCESS SERIES. You can read from the first one by visiting the Manica Post website, www.manicapost.co.zw <http://www.manicapost.co.zw> or visit their library if you want hard copies of the articles.
Success is not an accident
Success does not just happen! There is no big company that just happened! It was a result of good planning, and hard work. Great people do not leave their lives to chance, they plan their lives. All successful people have mastered this discipline of success. Planning is deliberate, and purposeful. This has to become a habit, and once mastered, success becomes a habit. Success is not an accident, and it will never be an accident. Successful people know what they want, and they plan on how they can achieve it. You cannot afford to leave your life to chance. Banking on sheer hope is an exercise in futility. Great people do not just hope for things to happen, they make things happen. Hope is not and will not be a strategy. Plan!
Good planning and hard work
King Solomon who is often considered the wisest person who once lived gave us a very interesting nugget, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty . . .” [Proverbs 21:5 NLT]. I took a bit of time to reflect on this statement. I realised that it was indeed pregnant with success principles. There are at least four or more principles that come out from Solomon’s observation. The four principles might shock you a bit, but I try to clear the doubt. I will just focus for this part on the four;
- You can work hard, but lack a good plan, you will not be successful
- You can also have just a plan and work, you will not be successful.
- You can also lack two of the elements (good planning and hard work), you will not be successful.
- There is no shortcut to success, but there is a shortcut to poverty. Resultant effect is you will not be successful.
You can work hard, but lack a good plan, you will not be successful. The problem with many people today, and if I may narrow down to Zimbabweans is not that we do not work hard, the problem is that we work hard but we do not have good plans. If you want to see hard working people, look at Zimbabweans.
This might even explain why they are employable wherever there is an opportunity. Some people even work hard for years in companies which are not even paying them a salary for years. Look at the time some people wake up, and go to their places of work, either formal or informal. Some people wake up very early in the morning. We work hard! We have a culture of working hard! Truth be told, working hard alone will not make you a successful person.
You can even work hard and be broke! You can even put in hours to the work, yet there is no meaningful turn around in your own life and in your business. You can even work hard and fail to own even the cheapest piece of real estate! You can even work hard but still go hungry! Harsh statements as they may sound but that’s the truth. Hard work alone is not enough, you need A GOOD PLAN.
Some moments of reflection will help at this stage. Are you not in this category of people who work hard but do not have good plans? If so, what are you going to do differently?
You can also have just a plan and work, you will not be successful. There is also a category of people, who have a plan, and they also work, but this will not guarantee you success. What guarantees you success is a “good planning”, and “hard work”. We are nearing the end of January 2017, and some people are holding on to “plans”, and they are “working” on their plans.
It is also unusual for some businesses not to take time to actually check whether the plan is “good”, and to check if they are “working hard”. It is not enough just to plan, you need to plan strategically. Whilst it is easy to take the easy way out and blame everything on the economy, successful business take it upon itself to plan strategically and work hard. I will touch in detail on strategic planning in the following articles. Do not miss out.
Do you have a good plan? Are you working hard? Are you maximising on your potential?
You can also lack two of the elements (good planning and hard work). This is the category which accommodates people who are seriously not serious. They do not have any plan for their life. They have no idea of the future that they want; all they want is a long life with no clear indication of what that life is meant to achieve. These are the people who are afraid to die yet they do not have a reason to live.
There are people who are waking up every day, and watching television, chatting on Whatsapp, generate dirty messages for free circulation on Whatsapp, eat, sleep and wake up the following day to do nothing of value. Some parents are even housing such people. If you are in this category you need to wake up, and take charge of your life. It is also possible to employ a person without a plan, and does not work at the same time.
These are the very people who are expending data streaming every dirty video they can find or even search for online, spending time on Whatsapp instead of working, spending time on social networks everyday as if they are being paid to be on those platforms. Do you know it is possible to be idle and busy? This is what many of the people in offices are doing. Idly busy! If you do not have any meaningful plan for your life, or your business, there is no growth to talk about.
There is no shortcut to success, but there is a shortcut to poverty. A hasty shortcut is the shortcut to poverty. Solomon might have envisioned Zimbabwe when he was writing this thought. Many people in Zimbabwe are so obsessed with shortcuts; they want to get rich quick.
They want to drive the latest Mercedes without putting in the work. People think they can turn around their lives overnight, by liking a post on Facebook, or typing “amen” to a post on Facebook or “receive” their car by merely saying “I receive”.
I am not trying to downplay “church” or “faith” here. I am also a devout believer, but an understanding and practice of the success principles has changed my life.
This is what I believe; an organised non-believer will succeed, whilst a disorganised believer will fail.
“There are no shortcuts to success! A chain message claiming “God has said this…” will not change your life, and neither will an “anointed pen”, “anointed desk calendar”, “anointed pen and its holder”, “anointed cup”, “anointed pot”, “anointed tea”, “anointed sugar and all its ingredients”, “anointed trousers” will change your life.
Beverly Sills rightfully said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”. You do not need to be a “small/smell house” for you to be financially free. You do not need to ruin another marriage in order for you to rise.
You do not need to run down your organisation through corrupt practices in order for you to rise.
Shortcuts will always backfire. What goes around always comes around. Great people take charge of their lives. They plan their lives.
Most importantly, they look for opportunities to serve and not to be served.
I will continue next week. Do not miss this column.
Arthur Marara is an Attorney, Author and Speaker. He is also the author of the “Personal Development Toolkit”, “Keys to Financial Freedom”, and “Keys to Effective Time Management”. Send your feedback to email@example.com or like his page on Facebook, or Follow him on Twitter @ArthurMarara or Whatsapp: +263772467255.