However, you don't want to live your entire life trying to find smarter ways to do things. Sometimes, you just need good ol' fashion hard work.
At my school, there is this high school kid who LOVES to find loop holes in any game we play. Instead of following the rules, which requires hard work, he figures out ways to get around the rules...which requires little work.
During a game we were playing, he said to me, "Mr. Jones, I found a loop hole!" To which I responded, "Just play the game! Stop looking for ways to cheat!" Why? Because for him, he would much rather take the easy route than to do any grunt work -- and being a P.E. class, it's all about grunt work!
We always look for ways to do things easier because we've been conditioned to hate hard work. During our grandparents' and great grandparents' days, hard work was the norm. Today, hard work is seen as pointless. We want to get everything as easily as possible, with little to NO suffering.
Now while there are times when working harder is just a total waste, there are plenty of times when working harder would actually pay off better than working smarter.
- What tastes better? Food cooked on the stove, or food cooked in a microwave?
- What is more valued? Something made by a machine or something made by hand?
- What is the healthier way to lose weight? Crash diets or a complete lifestyle change?
- How could you better be proficient in a new language? A three-month course or being immersed, for three years, in a culture that uses that language?
Going for your goals isn't easy. It takes work. You can't out-smart your way to your dreams. You need to get your hands muddy, your clothes dirty, and be willing to get a few cuts and scrapes.
When you work hard for what you want, you would appreciate it much more than if you were to get the same thing with little work.
You don't hear of self-made millionaires who worked HARD for their millions going broke.
But you sure do hear a lot of lottery winners losing their millions in less than 5 years! Why? Because they didn't have to work for that money. They just got a scratch-off ticket!
People who get weight-loss surgery will gain their weight back. They didn't have to work for their surgery.
People who lost weight the good ol' fashion way usually keep it off -- because they worked hard for it and they don't want to work that hard again!
Hard work makes the glory taste good! Smart work gives the glory a bland taste. True barbeque takes HOURS of work, but the food tastes delicious! Putting barbeque sauce on some RAW chicken wings and throwing it in the microwave for a few minutes would produce garbage!
Appreciate hard work. Be willing to work hard. Don't be afraid to do some sweating. Victory is sweetened with sweat and blood, not with brains.