“Hard work leads to success”, “Hard work never goes sour”, ” Dream Big Work Hard”, “Keep Calm And Work Hard”. We all tend to listen to these quotes nowadays, however, in the end do we fully understand them? In the end, What actually is ‘Hard-work’ ?
You see, when a person says hard work, he means work harder [duh], and working harder means getting more stuff done. Hard work literally means ‘The act of working tirelessly’. Thus in the end there are two ways to do it itself:
- Firstly, You complete more work in the same amount of time. This approach is used generally when you have a lack of time, and it is quite usefully when somethings can be completed faster. However, this is the worst approach in the long-term. And nowadays, you have to work hard for long periods of time. This approach can easily exhaust someone, won’t lead to significant mental gains [if, for example, while studying, speed isn’t the answer], and would result in lots of small, careless mistakes.
- Secondly, and my best preferred approach. It’s simply putting in more time to the job itself, and do it with you usual speed for longer periods of time. This approach, leads to better mental gains [improvements, upgrades by allowing you to reflect], doesn’t exhaust you , instead makes you feel more energetic since your work is progressing, and makes your work almost perfect since you’ve taken you’re time doing it.
As you can see, I highly recommend using the first approach in short terms,like a day or two, but not that much, while using the second approach in longer terms.
Everyone might have heard about the story of the Hare and the Tortoise, right? In today’s world, everyone is a hare, running with all his might from the starting, eventually exhausting himself before the finish and sleeping off [First approach]. And the tortoise, it goes at it’s own pace steadily, till it reaches the finish line [second approach].
People say “Nowadays, it’s not the slow and steady, but the fast and steady that win”. But by laws of physics, the faster you go, the more unsteady you become, and it’s applicable here as well. The common word here is ‘steady’. You need to be steady, no matter how slow or fast you’re.
In Conclusion , I’d like to say, that Persistence and Patience, together build Hard-work.