We hear it all the time.
We need to “work harder, not smarter”.
I keep hearing this exact quote over and over again. In fact, it’s a recurring thing that happens a few times a week.
Funnily enough it was almost non-existent for me 3+ years ago. I don’t recall ever hearing it, but now nobody can stop saying it.
But why does working smarter triumph working harder?
Because my friend, I will tell you exactly how in the next few seconds.
What does Hard Work Mean?
Hard work is what your parents grew up on. It is how your grandparents and even great-grandparents lived life.
Ask anyone you know how to become rich. MOST will tell you you need to work hard.
However, 97% of the population work hard. But that doesn’t land them any more than a 9-5 job they hate and dread.
Hard work will often get you a job, and that’s it.
You try climbing the corporate ladder because you want more income, but you get nowhere. You start looking desperate.
Getting desperate leads to loss of motivation, and yes you guessed it, loss of motivation leads to giving up.
You’re then left with a job you simply do not like with a dream becoming more unreachable every passing day.
Hard work is not the key to getting what you want out of life.
What happened when I tried catching up on rent in 2013 with so-called “hard work”…
Here’s a story that pretty much proves that hard work doesn’t pay off.
Back in 2013…
I was behind on rent by at least 4 weeks. $220 = $880. My priorities weren’t right.
In NZ we pay rent weekly, not monthly. I had a small family and needed to get that paid or we’d be living on the streets!
So, I had a good job (meat processing plant) that had a day and night shift.
I was a day shifter, which meant I had to work for 8 hours before I was finished for the day.
However, because it was peak season, I was able to do overtime for time and a half pay (double shifting).
I worked for an extra 6 hours at night for 5 days straight.
Yes, that was 14 hours per day. I was desperate to get my rent arrears paid.
Sadly that didn’t happen.
I earned a take-home pay of about $1200 for the week and only paid for 2 weeks. I was STILL behind by 3 weeks since I had to pay the current weeks rent as well!
My work mate wanted to drink alcohol with me all the time, and I was too weak to say no. He would show up at my house ready to party.
We lived close to a club, which didn’t help at all since it was so easy to drink and go there, and of course spend lots of money.
So why am I telling you this?
All that hard work was a big waste of time.
Changing my ways would’ve been the better option.
I should’ve worked smarter by switching my priorities, set up payments so my rent would go in automatically (plus a small amount extra to catch up on arrears).
Heck, I bet the real estate agent wouldn’t have minded!
So What does Smart Work Mean?
Smart work is overlooked by most people in fact.
Smart work is the act of using your brain to get things done rather than mindlessly working without knowing the consequences.
Hard workers think they’re doing the right thing for the job at hand. They don’t “think”, but instead just DO.
Smart workers look at the hard workers working hard, quietly laugh to themselves, then proceed to do it their way – in a much easier/safer manner.
Hard Worker Joe Bloggs carries 2 heavy boxes off the floor and onto a truck at the same time. He wants 30 boxes on the truck as fast as possible.
Smart Worker Jim carries 1 at a time, and actually keeps a straight back and bends his legs for better/safer support.
What does Joe Bloggs achieve?
Joe Bloggs has a sore back and no energy left. He is out of breath and can’t stop puffing. At the end of the day he is worn out and totally stuffed.
What does Jim achieve?
He is still rearing to go. He has plenty of energy left in the tank and doesn’t feel any type of soreness. He even has time to hit the gym after an 8-hour day!
Because Mr. Jim worked smarter not harder, he still has plenty of energy left to hit the gym or even play his favorite sport.
He has energy to actually spend time with family and not loaf on the couch; simply because he decided to take the smarter route.
The Dangers of Working Hard
Because you’re doing EXACTLY what everybody else is telling you, you think you are doing the right thing.
Carrying this mindset through your life gives you a false sense of direction.
In the end you’re left with the same job you’ve hated for 20+ years, no money in the bank, no goals achieved, no vacations complete and no dreams in arms reach.
And of course, a LOT of time wasted.
When you work hard, you’re doing what everybody else is doing.
And we all know what everybody else is doing…staying in a job they hate and never getting anything done even when they have big dreams.
Don’t believe me?
Statistics show 70% of US workers hate their job.
Not many people are working smart, but fortunately I’m going to tell you how to do it so you don’t fall into the same old 9-5 trap as everyone else.
But more on that in a second.
The Dangers of Working Smarter – Hint: There is None
There is really no dangers of working smarter.
There are so many benefits it literally changes your life, but you have to implement the mindset and actions correctly to gain the effects.
Working smarter makes you happier and less stressed because you don’t carry around the consequences of what hard work offers!
What Does All This Mean? Why Does It Apply To You?
Because you are being fed the wrong information even by your loved ones, and it’s not even their fault.
They don’t know any better and neither do most people on this planet.
Like I said, almost everyone will tell you that if you want ANYTHING in life, you will have to work hard for it.
As a matter of fact; the correct advice would be to reverse engineer the thing you want, find out exactly what needs to be done to reach whatever it is, then perform daily actions until you get there.
Remember how I said that people who try climb the corporate ladder end up looking like a desperate beggar instead of successful businessmen with lots of money?
Well, since you landed on a website that praises quitting a dreadful job to do what you love, you are in for a nice surprise.
So Working Smarter Helps With Personal Finances? Yes
Yes it does, and I’m about to explain how.
My 2013 binge-drinking story is a great example here.
Because I decided to “work hard” instead of “working smart”, I lost out in the end.
Sure, I made a nice amount of money for the time being but it wasn’t going to last long, and it didn’t.
The smarter route would be to make money on the side.
If you want to make $5,000 per month so you can quit your day job, just reverse engineer it.
This means you have to earn $166 per day to reach your goal of $5,000 per month.
But what if you want $10,000 by this time next year so you can finally go on that ultimate vacation?
You will need to save $27.39 per day.
“Okay Brandon, where the heck am I going to get $27.39 per day from?!?”
Well the good news is that we are in a new age, an age where rules that use to apply to your parents do not apply to us.
I don’t want to be normal, and neither do you.
We are living in the fast lane with opportunities literally around the corner.
Do we take all of them? No, but–in my opinion–the big opportunities matter the most.
The big opportunities create life-changing experiences and the reason why getting out of your comfort zone will be the best thing you ever do.
Working Smarter to Make Money
Mr. Joe Bloggs isn’t going to like this, but I don’t care!
He is a hard worker, but you and I are smart workers.
You and I don’t like traditional 9-5 jobs because we have bigger and better things in mind.
We absolutely hate jobs (hence the name of the site) and want more out of life.
And that’s okay!
Me, you and everyone over at Wealthy Affiliate all have the exact same thing in common.
We want to make money – the SMART way – so we don’t have to spend 40 hours a week making other people rich!
So when you’re ready to take the next step, which I already know you are, read my full review so you know what it’s all about 🙂
All comments, questions and thoughts are welcome! Please leave them below.
Brandon is from New Zealand and does affiliate marketing full-time. This is his job and loves every second of it. He hated the typical 9-5 and found a way out of the rat race. The reason he created this website was to help and inspire others who also want a way out.