Hard Work Vs Smart Work

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Whether you opt for hard work or Smart work in the present world which is more focused on result orientation is the key issue being raised in the GD Round at top B-schools.


"Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." said Gordon B. Hinckley which clearly states the importance of consistency and hard work if you want to achieve good in your life. But working hard doesn't always offer success on a plate for you, if not applied with brains. So the debate is going on which one to prefer Hard Work or Smart Work. 

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Hard Worker:

A hard worker is a person who consistently works towards what he perceives to be worth working, regardless of how dynamic the situation might be. Success for the Hard Worker doesn't come overnight but only after putting in long hours at work and depriving himself of the comforts of life.


Smart Worker:

Allen F. Morgenstern said way back in the 1930s “work smarter… not harder”. The reason behind it is that a smart worker is a person who works towards what he perceives to be worth working for and applies his brain and efforts in the most efficient manner with the help of integration of both. It guarantees successful results with minimal human energy wasted.


Elements of a Smart Work

The elements of Smart Working are many, a few of them are shared below. However, every smart worker cannot possess all the elements but the more elements the merrier:

  • Work on your weaknesses.
  • Build your strengths. 
  • Time bound, manage time very well. Motivational speaker and author Napoleon Hill said 'goal is a dream with a deadline .'
  • Should have in-depth knowledge of the field of choice.
  • Having an optimistic approach in life.
  • Having control on one's emotions.
  • Hangout with the best influences possible.​

Top Achievers Preferred Smart Work
Here is the success mantra of top achievers’ who preferred smart work to hard work

  • Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi told about his travel schedule in an interview with economic times that he always would travel in night so that he can sleep in the flight and work on the next day.
  • Vodafone CEO, Vittorio Colao wakes up at 6 a.m. followed by 40 minutes of exercise, then works with nearly taking no breaks until 10:45 p.m., pausing for family dinner.
  • Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne runs businesses in two different continents. When he's in The USA, he has to get up at 3:30 a.m. to start dealing with Europe.
  • AOL CEO Tim Armstrong wakes up around 5 a.m., is out of the house and working from his car by 7 a.m., and works until 7 p.m.​

What is in your best interest?
An integrated approach of Smart Work - working while prioritizing your work which results in achieving faster and longer lasting success combined with hard work - consistently work towards what you perceive to be worth working for is needed to achieve the success goal. 

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Tips to improve your participation in GD round
This topic in GD round is one of the hot probable topics and has been carefully chosen and solved with the sole aim to help you succeed in GD round. If you follow the few key tips, you can improve your chances to get through the GD round

  • If you are clear and know the topic well, it is good to be the first to start the Group Discussion
  • If you are not well versed with the topic and fee a bit confused on it, try to gather information from first 1-2 speakers and then place your view point.
  • Since GD is a sort of debate, you should have a clear view point on the topic – either for or against. Don’t keep crossing the floor. It will leave a bad impression and you may be out of the race.
  • Use the quote and data, if you are sure of the source else leave it. You may encounter volley of questions on the economic statistics, trade data or historical facts from your fellow participants. Unless very sure, don’t use it.
  • Make multiple entries using the opportunity to speak. Take clue from your predecessor and turn it to your benefit
  • Speak in a firm and audible voice. Don’t shout as it wouldn’t do any good.
  • Even if you agree or disagree to the view point of other participant, add value by giving reasons for it when you speak but don’t simply say I agree or disagree

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