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Why "Work Smarter Not Harder" Is Awful Advice for Beginners #2

"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!"

I said...

"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)

If you don't work hard, you won't be shit.If you don't work hard... 

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- 

Ready?

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.

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Comments (23)

  1. Marshall

hey cris, so ive got a goal i need to do and i just bought my first thing of kratom (OST from kforest). my question is do you think it will significantly help as far as working long hours go, or at least keep me more focust on the task, or...

hey cris, so ive got a goal i need to do and i just bought my first thing of kratom (OST from kforest). my question is do you think it will significantly help as far as working long hours go, or at least keep me more focust on the task, or anything along those lines? thats actually why i got kratom in the first place, not so much for picking up chicks

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  1. Good Looking Loser    Marshall

it should man.. how is it going?

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  1. Boy Toy

Good post Chris. Very motivation.
TTYL G2G WORK MY ASS OFF!!!

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  1. Dan

@ Boy Toy - Hahaha, same here man. Tomorrow I am going to get a lot of things done. I already made a list of 'to-dos' in my pocket memo book and will cross them all off before the end of the day. That is going to be my new thing. I'm also going...

@ Boy Toy - Hahaha, same here man. Tomorrow I am going to get a lot of things done. I already made a list of 'to-dos' in my pocket memo book and will cross them all off before the end of the day. That is going to be my new thing. I'm also going to work my ass off! Arnold and Chris told me so...why Arnold? Go check out his video on the 6 Secrets To Success.

@ Chris/GLL Nice article man. At the time, this is what I like to read about the most. Like you stated here in the article, focus on one goal...and that is what I am going to do now. I have a primary objective and a few secondary objectives. My primary goal will be worked on for the rest of 2013 and the secondary goals will just naturally come with my momentum and success. Awwww yeah!

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  1. samuel

nice one chris, first i thought you where another guy with a good story tryin to make money, but the fact that you give so much shit for free and be so open to us made me realize that you are now what your'e talking about and that you are here to...

nice one chris, first i thought you where another guy with a good story tryin to make money, but the fact that you give so much shit for free and be so open to us made me realize that you are now what your'e talking about and that you are here to help us. so thanx man for putting time in us en helping us with life.
you have earned my respect.

great vid btw

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  1. Good Looking Loser    samuel

Hey man- my pleasure- thank you for taking your time to view it

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  1. FlyingDutchman

Thanks a lot, this a great post! I think the subject of hard work (invest more hours, keep focus, get rid of distractions) vs. smart work (look objectively at what you're doing and how you're doing it, change approach/methods when needed etc.) is...

Thanks a lot, this a great post! I think the subject of hard work (invest more hours, keep focus, get rid of distractions) vs. smart work (look objectively at what you're doing and how you're doing it, change approach/methods when needed etc.) is really interesting and worth discussing for anyone who wants to achieve certain goals. I've always found it pretty hard to balance these - either I would spend hours and hours, isolated and without much awareness/alertness, or I would think a lot, read a lot and talk on the subject to lots of people, without actually getting something done. I guess this problem is solved by experience mostly, but anyway it would be nice to discuss it further on the forum.

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  1. Good Looking Loser    FlyingDutchman

Sorry for the late reply-- Thank you very much FDM- I appreciate it very much man.

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  1. Sebas

I've never needed to hear something like I needed to hear this right here and now.

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  1. Skurge

Cheers Chris. Great video man. Intro made me laugh.

This is definitely something i needed to hear. I look back at the trail of things i've started but not finished or finished but could have done better. It is the trying to worm out of putting...

Cheers Chris. Great video man. Intro made me laugh.

This is definitely something i needed to hear. I look back at the trail of things i've started but not finished or finished but could have done better. It is the trying to worm out of putting the hours in and goal multitasking that has caused this. Applying your message might just usher in a new era of getting shit done in my life. I appreciate it.

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  1. Good Looking Loser    Skurge

Thanks Skurge-- I appreciate !

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[&] more important than time management, especially in the initial stages in which we encourage you to WORK HARDER, NOT SMARTER, another of our principles that contradicts everything [&]

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  1. G-Freedom

Again I agree Chris. One thing I absolutely can't stand about some of the "passive income" gurus is they look down on the working-man as if we're beneath them and we're a dumb rock. It boils my blood. I work offshore on a rig and clear 100k a...

Again I agree Chris. One thing I absolutely can't stand about some of the "passive income" gurus is they look down on the working-man as if we're beneath them and we're a dumb rock. It boils my blood. I work offshore on a rig and clear 100k a year, it's not a million, but not every guy in the world can start a blog and be successful. I'm doing that as a side venture, but I'll be god damned if I'm giving up a lucrative career that guarantees success for a little elbow grease to follow a mission that may end in failure.

A balance between the two is needed. But people need to be more cautious before throwing away the hard work that pays to pursue a dream that will allow them to kick back and collect.

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