How hard you work is something entirely within your own control.
Lots of people think they work hard!
Take an honest look at your day and see how many hours you REALLY work. Try logging every 15 minute time slice, and really understand where your days go.
“It seems the harder I work, the more luck I have.” Thomas Jefferson
How much time do you spend on personal activities?
How much time is spent on “make work” activities?
How often do you get up and go for a coffee, chat to a colleague, wander to the kitchen or water cooler, have a “cigarette break” or use your time for non-work activities?
“Nothing worth having comes easy.” Theodore Roosevelt
Do you plan your day and work your day?
Do you plan your weeks and months?
Do you set goals?
Do you have a “To Do” list?
Do you create positive habits?
Do you look for ways to be more efficient?
General wisdom often suggests that it is more important to work smarter, than harder … but that assumes a baseline effort that is adequate! I will take hard working with average intelligence over the lazy genius … any day! (Guess what? There really aren’t that many genius’s!)
“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” Ann Landers
If you have ambitions of any kind of success then you MUST develop a strong work ethic! It is totally in your control and can have a huge positive impact … what are you waiting for?
Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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