"Work Smarter, Not Harder?"
(Not If You Don't Know What the Hell You're Doing Yet)
Forward and Advice From Good Looking Loser (Chris)
If you've have been around the self-improvement or seduction
community industry for any period longer than 72 hours, then you have probably heard the "enlightening" concept "Work Smarter! Not Harder!"
People love it!
You can probably see where I'm going with this.
"Work Smarter, Not Harder - Bad Advice for Newbies"
(Success Principle #2)
This concept is repeated ad-nauseum by success gurus that have very little success with anything other than "teaching" people success. While that counts for something, it's also a favorite among people that are lazy as dog shit and people that want to be as lazy as dog shit.
It's nothing that you need to pay attention to until you-
- Have a work ethic (12 hours a day on your #1 goal OR 8 hours a day on your #1a goal, if you have full-time work/school).
- Have REAL experience to where you have EARNED the right to be even considered "smart" at whatever you are trying to achieve.
There is only a very small percentage that "Work Smarter! Not Harder!" applies to when they are in the beginning stages of learning a skill or trying to accomplish something. Often this small percentage of people are "workaholics" and just disorganized. A disorganized workaholic, though his approach may need re-tweaking, is already familiar with success. He is familiar with success because he works REALLY HARD and understands that approach works JUST FINE in most cases.
RELENTLESS hard work guarantees a result, it's just a matter of time.
SMART work doesn't guarantee shit.
It's often an excuse to cut corners and justify laziness.
It's the opposite of smart, or at least the opposite of COMMON SENSE.
When I look at some of my friends- the most successful ones all have a RELENTLESS WORK ETHIC because they know that hard work and not "intelligence" is the foundation of achievement.
After you learn to be productive, then you can take a look at your efficiency.
The next time you hear an only-halfway-successful (aka unsuccessful) average person pronounce that he/you should "Work Smarter! Not Harder!" If you have accomplished more in your life than he, don't listen to him. In fact, if you are so inclined, tell him to shut the fuck up.
Sometimes the "smartest" thing to do is to have ONE FUCKING GOAL and FINISH IT.
If you find yourself strapped for time. Make time. Sometimes you have to cut your schedule down.
You have to EARN the right to manage your time and "work smarter!"
"Work Smarter! Not Harder!" may begin to apply to the middle stages after you have ALREADY ACHIEVED and EARNED many of the short-term goals that have given you experience. It will probably be obvious at what you need to invest your time in and what is less important. You know this because you've busted your ass and have experience. You've busted your ass because you are WORKING HARD and not day dreaming about "Working Smarter! Not Harder!" and "if I could only be more efficient..."
Like I said, hard work guarantees an attainable result.
If you could pick-
- If I WORK HARD 12 hours a day, I will accomplish my dream and #1 goal.
- If I WORK SMART 6 hours a day, I may/may not accomplish my dream and #1 goal.
... which approach are you going to take?
If you have any thoughts of #2, you may have to get a new dream or start getting used to being average, because that's pretty much all you are going to be unless you learn quickly.
LEARN QUICKLY THAT-
THAT AVERAGE PEOPLE ARE ONLY AVERAGELY SUCCESSFUL.
If you are truly serious about something, the thoughts of "Work Smarter! Not Harder!" shouldn't enter your head in the beginning stages.
Now, some of us might have to retrain our brain to block out "Work Smarter! Not Harder!"
I had to when I started a few projects- studying for the LSAT (2007), beginning my personal training business (2009) and getting back into shape (2012).
I replaced it with this-
Every time my inner-guru said, "Chris, Work Smarter! Not Harder!"
"SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!"
"YOU HAVE NO GODDAMN RIGHT TO 'WORK SMARTER'."
That worked for me.
I got a scholarship to Law School, made over $100,000 in my first year as a personal trainer and still have LEGAL teenage girls grabbing my arms and abs after my 30th birthday.
Work Hard and Shut Your Mouth (Florida Gators Football; Urban Meyer and Micky Mariotti)
A Guarantee You Can Bet On
I'm not big on guarantees. Mr. Always Guarantee-er is usually pretty arrogant. On this website and GoodLookingLoser.com you'll see a lot of "can", "may" and "should" sometimes for legal reasons. I don't want anyone thinking that they can sue me when their penis blows up.
I'm also not big on gambling. Every time I've gone to Vegas, I've always been down cash. Thankfully, there's a lot of other stuff to "do" in Vegas.
Here's a guarantee and where I'd put my money and win 100 out of 100 times-
If you don't WORK HARD, you won't be shit.
Name me someone that's truly (elite) successful at something that didn't WORK HARD.
I can't think of anyone.
"The Danger of Working Smarter and Not Harder"
Concept Summary from- Allison Waite (GoodLookingLoser.com Contributor)
Allie’s breakdown is based on success principle #4 in “The Official Guide to Success” (Tom Hopkins, 1982)
“Work smarter, not harder.” This is one of the most dangerous ideas being passed around simply because the ring of truth in it makes it so believable.
Yet the problem with this saying is that it does not express the whole truth.
If you are to achieve more than a measly fraction of your true potential, yes, you have to work smarter, but you still need to put in more hours of hard work. Lest the hard work part makes you think that you can no longer enjoy your work, here’s another truth: Most of the smartest, most effective and most rewarding jobs are done by those who love their work.
Too many people brag that they are working smarter and not harder. Yet if you knew these people well enough to observe their day-to-day actions, you will find that it is not really the case. These people are not working smart at all. Rather, in their avoidance of reality, they create short-cuts and play games. The fact is, a big chunk of their time and a great amount of hard work is put into avoiding the consequences of their smartness.
On the other end of the spectrum are those individuals who are too engrossed with their work that they fail to look up to see the problems and opportunities that arise. It’s as if they are too absorbed digging through a tunnel that they cannot see the end and the outside world. They are far too absorbed in the details of their work that they are out of touch with the dynamic changes occurring outside. Sadly, the changes they fail to see keep them from reaping the fruits of their intense labors.
So let us rephrase that four-word adage and go for a slightly longer yet truer saying:
WORK SMARTER – AND AS HARD AS YOU CAN WITHOUT SACRIFICING ALERTNESS.