Don’t Be Proud That You Work Hard

Smart work is the epitome of self-respect. Hard work is the embodiment of self-abuse. In today’s world of leverage, associating effort with a job well done is an absurd notion.

Being sore doesn’t mean you had a great workout. In fact, it means you overextended yourself. Working hard doesn’t mean you achieved great results, either. It’s often quite the opposite.

The brute force, as the name implies, drives out thought. And without careful thinking, we fail to prioritize the most essential tasks. We reduce ourselves to mindless machines, not the intelligent beings that designed them.

And where’s pride in that? Where’s pride in getting results with the highest cost possible?

Should we delight in being wasteful with our time, energy, focus, and other resources? Or should we delight in using our brain to find the most elegant and efficient solution, saving our precious resources for other uses?


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Sign up for the newsletter​

Get access to exclusive subscriber-only resources (80/20 Decision Making and a 5-day welcome series on the fundamentals of the 80/20 principle). You’ll also receive new blog posts via email.

Read Also:

Is Your Environment Simple?

What if you could strengthen your 80/20 thinking muscle by de-cluttering your physical environment?

In Pre-Suasion, Robert Cialdini shares a story of writing his first book, Influence. He worked in two different environments. The first one was his campus office with a view over academic institutes. In the second environment, his home office, he had a view over town and people going about their business.

Read More »

Just Coasting, or How to Achieve Peace of Mind

I recently had a great surfing session. The waves were clean, long, and within my abilities. The sun was shining. The water had a beautiful emerald green color.

I was present.

I was content.

I was peaceful.

I felt light and without a care in the world. The ocean took a huge weight off my shoulders. For two hours, my overactive brain could rest. Life was simple. Only the waves mattered.

Read More »

Finding Peace in an Empty Calendar

I’ve never enjoyed having a busy calendar. With more than one urgent matter to attend to, I already get anxious. The idea of back-to-back tasks throughout the day gives me jitters.

It sounds like a major character flaw. In our fast-paced world, we should be able to deal with many obligations, shouldn’t we?

Or should we get better at paring down our responsibilities to focus on the rewarding tasks we excel at?

Read More »