Does hard work guarantee you success?

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by Vishal P. Rao, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Success and hard work are not interrelated. With hard work you may be able to earn a steady living to be able to pay your bills but it shall not come in handy when you want to generate millions. Hard work generally implies doing mundane, boring work for long periods of time without really giving time to the creative aspects of the task.

    Joe Karbo, who wrote 'The Lazy Mans Way to Riches', mentioned," Most people are too busy earning a living to make money". The fact is that too much hard work dulls the mind and makes it incapable of thinking creatively. It numbs the mind to such an extent that the individual does not remain capable of enjoying an evening with his family nor does he generate the oodles of money that he would have liked to.

    When one stops this drudgery, one can create time for relaxed creative thinking and think of alternative means by which income can be earned. Thinking creatively and conjuring up imaginative, path breaking ideas can enable you to take the leap and earn the pot of gold that you have always dreamed of.

    I am sure that it seems much more unambiguous that hard work is indeed not the route to success and actually the truth lies in exactly the opposite. If you work too hard, you have no time to think of creative, less demanding projects to generate finances.

    It has been said by W.H. Auden that happiness in work comes when one is fit for the work, does not do too much of it and obtains a sense of success from it. Today many ignore the second aspect while evaluating their happiness meter at work. Those who follow these basic principles while choosing what they do are happier at work and at home alike since they ensure quality time that can be spent with family.

    Modern day gadgets and technology has enabled us to now earn money without having to plod away at routine jobs. We just have to realize that none of us need to slave to attain success. We just need to be creative and risk-friendly to be able to lead a more balanced life. So don't work hard anymore, work smart!
     
  2. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Great advice, Vishal!

    "Working hard" usually implies to me that the bulk of the activity is physical. That, by its very nature, is limiting because you can only do so much before requiring rest.

    "Working smart" introduces a mental component which helps you figure out a way to simplify, expedite or maximize the physical activity to get the job done with much less effort.

    Of course, whenever you are performing any activity, you are usiing your mind to some degree... at least we hope so. But if you can create a system or technique that helps you complete a task faster or more efficiently, while minimizing the physical effort, that's always encouraged.

    Here are two useful work-smart tools:

    1. Effective time management
    2. Delegating.

    And nothing beats an adequate supply of discipline to hold it all together.

    Hermas
     
  3. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Quoting: A8ch"Working hard" usually implies to me that the bulk of the activity is physical. That, by its very nature, is limiting because you can only do so much before requiring rest.

    It's not just physical work I meant Hermas but tasks that involve more logic and less creativity. In other words, tasks that involve more of our left brain - repititive writing, logical thinking and so on...
     
  4. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    I feel all hard work can be of no use if you do not realise your limitations. If you know what works , if a little work can help you earn a lot of money
     
  5. way2income

    way2income New Member

    Smart work is the key, coupled with just donkey hard work.
     
  6. cherie27

    cherie27 New Member

    way2income: Smart work is the key, coupled with just donkey hard work.

    I agree with you. Hard work might not paid you if you are doing the wrong thing. Work Smart is the keyword
     
  7. jschuman

    jschuman New Member

    Nice post Vishal. To make money online it also takes skills. I would ventrue to say that most of the people making really good money online do not work as hard now as they did when they were learning how to do it.
     
  8. KB24

    KB24 Active Member

    I'd rather be working smart than working hard spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere.
     
  9. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    jschuman: would ventrue to say that most of the people making really good money online do not work as hard now as they did when they were learning how to do it.

    That is true, once you find out what works online, you can afford to work less.
     
  10. kocottrell

    kocottrell New Member

    in education circles, one often speaks of a "learning curve." In the early stages of mastering a task, the going is more difficult. Usually, this means that more work is required at the early stages, and that once some degree of competence is attained less work is required. The thing one must avoid is trying to get away with doing little or no work at the beginning, because this only leads to failure, or worse, incompetence.
     
  11. cherie27

    cherie27 New Member

    Yes. The initial stage requires a lot of hard work. Once you start to earn some money, you can start to automate some of your tasks using some software/tools.
     
  12. Homeboy

    Homeboy New Member

    What saddens me is that so many of our members seem drawn to at-home typing jobs, etc. Basically manual labor. I don't mean any disrespect, but sometimes I feel like screaming at the top of my lungs that there really are much better ways of making money online, and that we need to get OUT of the mindset that work=money.

    Anyway, I'm not saying that making money online requires no work. It does in the beginning. But seriously, if you can reach the $1000 mark (or have $1000 to begin with) you can outsource EVERYTHING. This will free you up to set up more income streams almost as fast as you can think of them, because you won't be wasting hours on manual labor of any kind.

    *sigh*

    Sorry, I'll stop ranting, lol.
     
  13. Homeboy

    Homeboy New Member

    Wow, the resounding silence in here is deafening, lol...

    Ok, I'm sorry...I should probably curb my enthusiasm a bit and add that not all outsourced jobs can turn out so good, especially when you get other people to write content for you, some of it can be downright junk... [​IMG]
     
  14. Sonni

    Sonni New Member

    I have found out for the first time that working hard doesn't guarantee money will be made. All my jobs that I have had in the real world worked that way. I worked hard and made more money so it seemed worth it.

    Online work isn't like that you can work 10-14 hours a day for months and not make anything I know because I did it. And there never is a guarantee you will make it but somehow you know you will if you just don't give up.
    Sonni
     
  15. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Homeboy: What saddens me is that so many of our members seem drawn to at-home typing jobs, etc. Basically manual labor.
    I'd say that is a fair assessment of the mindset that most newcomers to the Internet bring with them. And you really can't fault them for that. Many are coming from a marketplace that perpetuates that form of linear thinking.

    Homeboy: I don't mean any disrespect, but sometimes I feel like screaming at the top of my lungs that there really are much better ways of making money online, and that we need to get OUT of the mindset that work=money.
    I agree with you there. The mindset change occurs as soon as we experience the "I-was-blind-but-now-I-can-see" epiphany. That's when, for the first time, we understand the true power of leverage the Internet offers. But that never happens before its time.

    Hermas
     
  16. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    Homeboy: What saddens me is that so many of our members seem drawn to at-home typing jobs, etc. Basically manual labor. I don't mean any disrespect, but sometimes I feel like screaming at the top of my lungs that there really are much better ways of making money online, and that we need to get OUT of the mindset that work=money.

    Anyway, I'm not saying that making money online requires no work. It does in the beginning. But seriously, if you can reach the $1000 mark (or have $1000 to begin with) you can outsource EVERYTHING. This will free you up to set up more income streams almost as fast as you can think of them, because you won't be wasting hours on manual labor of any kind.


    This is soo funny, because it's kind of a contradiction isn't it?

    In the first breath you oppose "at home typing jobs" and in the second breath you encourage the idea of "outsourcing."

    Aren't you "outsourcing" to those doing the "at home typing jobs?" [​IMG] Don't get me wrong, I understand your sentiment and pretty much agree, BUT you have to admit it's funny.

    ~Angie
     
  17. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi Vishal,

    I agree that working smart rather than working hard is the best policy. Leveraging time, effort, and creativity is quite a bit more productive and does free up time and allows for healthy creativity.

    With the advent of computers, the internet, and digital tools, we have recently entered the Information Age.

    Now we are able to focus on leveraging ideas rather than using our bodies to struggle with making more money by putting in those extra hours whereby we are paid an hourly wage.

    Finally, we are able to become aware of and nurture the capabilities of our right brain - our creative side - and put less attention on our left brain - our logic and reasoning.

    This releases our earning limitations and sets the stage for greater fulfillment.

    The left brain serves us well and helps us to plan and organize our daily life as well as our general direction.

    But it's the right brain that comes up with the creative ideas and frees us from the shackles of the well-trodden path and poisonous social programming. A programming that almost seems to exist for the sole purpose of creating institution-approved, tax-paying clones.

    Though I make use of logic and reasoning to the fullest extent, I find that I am happiest when I have been able to still the logic and am lost in the unguided meanderings of my own imagination.

    When I turn off the left brain, the inner worlds come alive and the ideas flow in and of themselves - effortlessly. It's a very liberating experience.

    I experience a similar sensation when I get lost in music or when I am entirely focused on a book that I am reading. I experience the experience or actually become the experience rather than consciously going after it.

    This also occurs with some other things I love to do such as writing. The ideas just flow and the writing comes much faster than I can type. It's difficult to keep up with the words that flow forth and it's an unmatched feeling of complete freedom.

    Ever notice that you sometimes wake up in the morning "with the answer" - the one you couldn't come up with the night before no matter how hard you tried? The answer just comes without any effort if we just let go. The desperate grasping of the left brain often gets in the way of the solution.

    I think that the way we are trained to work hard with our bodies and put in more hours so that our paychecks are bigger is a real shame.

    Like a thief, it takes everything out of us so we are too tired to question the atrocity of going on in this way. Robot-like, we become obedient little tax generators.

    Before we know it, life has passed us by like a warm, subtle breeze and we find ourselves staring out the windows of a nursing home in shocked disbelief and full of regret.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  18. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Newbie Shield: Before we know it, life has passed us by like a warm, subtle breeze and we find ourselves staring out the windows of a nursing home in shocked disbelief and full of regret.
    That's an interesting sentiment, and it is as truthful and scary as it is humorous. Those of us who are "older" will have a greater appreciation for the reality you paint so eloquently.

    It reminds me of a talking to I once got from my dad when I was a teenager. He was trying to reinforce the wisdom of making hay while the sun shines and encourage me to get serious about my future.

    One of the things he said was, "One day you're going to wake up and realize you have become a man, and if you haven't made the right preparations, you might be disappointed with what you have achieved."

    I could remember visualizing his words and finding humor in the ridiculous imagery of going to sleep one night and then waking up the next morning suddenly 10 years older.

    But the import of that metaphor has never been lost on me. And now, when I reflect of the almost 40 years that have gone by since that day, it sometimes seems to have a suddeness to it.

    Life is indeed fleeting, and the wisdom we gain along the way is perhaps our best tool for navigating the road ahead, smartly.

    Hermas
     
  19. GavinStephenson

    GavinStephenson New Member

    Your Income Follows Your Your Personal Growth and not how hard you work.. Working smarter rather than harder and being consistent is the key

    Some People mix up being consistent assuming hard work. But hard work is more working hard at something day and night non stop putting your blood sweat and tears into something..

    I believe you change your business will changes.
     
  20. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Newbie Shield: But it's the right brain that comes up with the creative ideas and frees us from the shackles of the well-trodden path and poisonous social programming.

    Very true and like your example of getting an "answer" to a question in the morning, the experience of solving riddles often give you this insight. The harder you try, the more difficult it appears. The answer, in the end, appears so simple enough.
     

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