What is the key to success? How to find the best way to do something and find the path of least resistance? And is the myth of hard work vs. smart work finally busted?

Do you work hard or smart? And is there really a clear distinction between these 2 concepts? “Working smarter” has been the imperative in the past decade, almost diminishing the “hard work” ideals. But actually, both concepts are necessary if you want to achieve the desired goal.

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Today, the technology is allowing us to work efficiently but it can’t replace the effort and dedication each person puts into daily tasks. Smart work can surely save time, but this time we gained will mean very little unless we use it in the best possible way.  Therefore, we don’t have to choose, we have to embrace both notions.

If we take a look at the experiences from top entrepreneurs and CEOs, if you want to reach the top of your area of expertise, being tech savvy and work efficiently will not be enough, you will also have to wake up at dawn, and often be the last one to leave the office, as they like to say, working while your competitors are sleeping. In his article “The Myth of Working Hard vs. Working Smart”, Michael Moroney brings some interesting insights into the average CEO’s workday: most of them report waking up at 6:15 a.m., or even before 5, and most work at least two hours at home after dinner. In some cases, they regularly turned in 18-hour workdays, and they often credit their success to working while others aren’t. Getting things done outside the office, as much as inside, can also be the key, even though it can often mean choosing between being productive or having a social life. In most cases one of those has to be sacrificed, at least in the so called “start up” phase.

Of course, the work itself, whether smart or hard, or both, is important but it is not the only success factor. It takes vision, risk forecast and also a bit of luck, as Moroney concludes, young professionals and budding entrepreneurs must work smarter, harder, longer and better – because their competition already is.

Are you ready to start smart working? Check out this interesting guide by multipotens.com – 31 Steps To Work Smart, Not Hard.