This saying is common sense but not common practice. Most people still think there is a direct relationship between amount of work they do and success – the more time you put in, the more successful you will be. One successful entrepreneur when asked to speak to a group of college students about what it took to be successful said, “This will be the shortest speech in history because it’s easy to be successful. All you have to do is work half a day. You can work the first twelve hours or the second.”
While successful people do work hard, they think before they act. They are proactive, not just reactive. Most people mentally have a sign on their desk that reads: Don’t just sit there, do something! The best advice I ever received was to redo the sign to read: Don’t just do something, sit there!
If you don’t take time out to think, strategize, prioritize, you will works the whole lot harder, without enjoying the benefits of a job smartly done.*
THINK BIG. Think before you act.
START SMALL. Don’t work harder – work smarter.
GO DEEP. Enjoying the benefits of job smartly done.
*Quote from The Heart of a Leader: Insights of the Arts of Influence by Ken Blanchard. Published by Honor Books © 1999, 2004.