“Work smarter not harder.”
Can’t you do both?
Why not work smarter AND harder. Isn’t that inevitably the key to success?
This is why “hacking” has always bugged me. It seems unhealthy to be obsessed with shortcuts.
You need to develop your HARD WORK MUSCLE. This seems a lot healthier in the long term.
Combining intelligence and hard work will be the most useful tool driving you towards success (in whatever area you are striving for).
So before you start working hard at something- do your research, do a pre-mortem, come up with a blueprint, breakdown your goals into smaller more achievable benchmarks. Come at the goal with a well thought out plan.
Guess what? By creating a plan, you’ve already put in some dastardly hard work in the form of time consumption and mental energy. Gasp!
Once you have a plan in place then WORK HARD to achieve your goal. Then WORK HARD to see what parts of the plan have been successful and what parts you need to tweak. Then WORK HARD to make and observe those changes. Then WORK HARD to do it all again.
Work smarter AND harder!
Also read Rich Roll’s fantastic article titled “Why You Should Stop Life Hacking and Invest in the Journey”