My Uncle Johnny always put cream and sugar in his cup before pouring his coffee. He let the coffee do the work; he worked smart—not hard. He owned over 50 big-name pizza restaurants (he was my favorite uncle…). He let this theory trickle over into everything he did. Uncle Johnny let the coffee stir the cream because he stopped to think about the result before the process.
Why did I start with this story? Simple – to get you to think how to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter involves thought process before action. Working smarter means rewards are sweeter when you consider smart time invested.
Remember this, though: working smarter instead of harder does not necessarily mean that you have great luck. In fact, Thomas Jefferson is credited with the quote, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” I know this sounds contradictory of working smarter, not harder, but it’s really not.
When you work smarter, you are working hard. You’re working hard at being the smartest at what you’re doing.
For this week, think about this and share your thoughts: How can I work smart instead of just hard?