In my daily readings I came across an article on Lurn.com written by Jeremy Bellotti. It hit the nail right on the head where Entrepreneurship is concerned and I could not resist sharing it with you guys. This is my favorite excerpt from the article and you can click the link at the end to read the rest. Check it out..
Listen, eventually it’s good to work smart. And yes, it’s actually preferable and more efficient later on.
But when we’re just starting out, we have to work HARDER.
We have to put in the time & effort. We have to earn the right to work smarter.
Don’t get me wrong, working smart IS essential, but it’s only half of the equation.
No successful entrepreneur started out by working smarter from the beginning.
They had to HUSTLE! They had to put in back-breaking amounts of effort during every waking hour of the day.
Every moment they were awake, they were learning or working on something related to their business. Sometimes, for DAYS without any sleep.
Just ask the Billionaire: Mark Cuban (Billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and serial entrepreneur on ABC’s Shark Tank).
He said it himself, “It’s not about money or connections, it’s the willingness to OUTWORK and OUTLEARN everyone.”
Or how about the richest man in the world: Bill Gates…
Apparently Bill never did anything other than code all day long. He slept at the computer, would wake up after a few hours of sleep and pick up programming exactly where he left off.
Bill worked harder, not smarter, in an industry already saturated with incredibly intelligent people.
Sometimes, being smart is just the level of entry – Bill rose to the top by outworking everybody else.
So, what does that mean for us?
No more excuses for starters 🙂
If we’re not where we want to be in our businesses, it’s usually because we simply need to work harder.
We need to be putting in more time and learning faster than anyone else. We have to sacrifice. We have to be willing to meet with people on weekends.
When everyone else is hanging out, having fun and sleeping in, we have to be willing to stay up late at night or get up early in the morning.
During startup phase, we have the choice of being productive or having a social life. If we REALLY want success as bad as we say we do – The choice for long-term success should be obvious!
But here’s the KEY…
The most successful people maintain the same level of persistence and drive year after year after year.
Most people burn out.
But that’s what separates those who are really successful from the amateurs.
Both types of people can be smart workers, but the ability to just suck it up & put their nose to the grind is what makes the difference.
As entrepreneurs, often times we must work smarter, harder and longer – because our competition already is.
Both hard work and smart work are essential.
It’s time to stop treating them as one or the other and as if they’re mutually exclusive.”
What are your views on the topic?