When I was about 15, I remember asking my best mate's big brother about his A-levels. He came out with 2 A's and a B (after getting appalling GCSE results).
I was intrigued how he managed to turn it around and assumed it must have been down to pure hard work.
He said he didn't work particularly hard though, just smart.
I don't think I really understood what he meant at the time, I thought he was just trying to make it seem effortless and cool.
But he was definitely onto something.
Hard work is seen as a badge of honour.
Grafting for a cause is noble. It makes us feel good. Like we are contributing and pulling our weight.
But does it serve us, or other people?
I prefer the idea of working smarter.
Planning work in properly.
Not rushing things.
Focussing on quality and the end results.
It's only a change in semantics, but I think it's an important distinction to make.
What do you think?