There’s a popular saying about work that does a great disservice to people. I know it misled me for many years after having been planted there by a teacher in high school. She remarked, “I don’t know about you, but I’d rather work smart than work hard.”
The saying sounds very appealing. “Yeah, that’s right, I’m not going to be another dumb guy wasting my energy!” I think the sentiment contributes to a culture of people impatient for promotions, desirous of a shortcut to success, and ultimately tempting devious behavior when the shortcuts don’t pan out.
The truth of the matter is this. Working smart over working hard can get you positioned for success, maybe even advance you faster than others, but the person that works smart AND works hard will run right over you.
So yeah, work smart, but don’t forget that nothing work having comes easy.