People who can’t sweat usually have excuses of working smart instead of working hard. Output and time spent are usually directly proportional because in most of the work places people spend only 20% of their brain except for some intense issues. People who know how to sweat and work hard can address intense and complex issues utilizing 100% of their brain when required. I usually tell my daughter that one who has not passed stress test cannot handle complex issues no matter how smart the person may be. In other words, no matter how smart one works, working hard is essential to pass over the hump. I have not seen anyone reach the peak without sweating – hiking, a case in point. Smart ones always see more challenges and opportunities and never stop working. Smart people are ambitious too. Lack of ambition and determination makes us look for excuses for our non-performances and we fail to appreciate successful people who sweat to clear clogs from their brain.
We usually hear in the news that successful people like Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Manmohan Singh work 16 hours a day (I do not have source – apologize for anecdotal comments). Don’t they know how to work smart? I am sure they are smarter than many others who boast about working smart and do not appreciate those who sweat and love work.
This is how it works – those who work smart get more responsibilities and carry work load equivalent to combined load of several of their peers. When one carries extra load and drive the mission of a company, group or a team, he/she needs to work hard no matter how smart he/she maybe. If someone is free and have nothing to do beyond eight hours of work, I believe the person has pure misconception of being smart and habit of reading own book. Such person should try to know what others think of him/her. It is not fair to pass comments like “what a slow/dumb person, keeps on working all the time!” against hard working people.
Work does not stop at work-desk for creative and intelligent people. They keep on thinking even while they are eating if something they have started has not come to an end. Their brain does not stop. Those who finish work in three hours and wonder rest of the day thinking they are stars should really ponder why are not they getting more responsibility from their managers and what is stopping them from grabbing more challenging responsibilities. There are enough challenges around us. Smart ones see them and work hard and lazy ones ignore them saying “that’s not my job!”
I would like bloggers to debate on this topic and prove me wrong if you disagree and support me if you agree.