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Working hard vs working smart

David Brown

Many people know me as the Excel expert, the man who can make Excel solve literally all of your problems. But in reality, this reputation obscures my true experience; the ability to quickly analyze weaknesses and design a solution. This is the strategy behind the technical implementation that people love to see.

Have you heard of this story?

A factory had a broken machine that no one could fix, after everything went wrong an old man was asked to take a look at it; He billed them $1 million to fix the problem. They agreed as long as the machine worked.

After inspecting the machine, the old man struck a certain point with his little hammer three times, then the machine began to work properly. The company was amazed and asked for a detailed description of services to justify the bills of a million dollars.

The old man’s bill reads: “Hammer $20, know where to touch with a hammer $999,980″.

Do you do the breakdown of what you do into its strategic thinking and technicality? In which of the two does it stand out?

Dealing directly with technical issues instead of thinking about the history and bigger picture of the problem will deter your quick deliverability and extraordinary outcomes. We must stop being slaves to our technical ability or it will become a hindrance.

Take a step back, think strategically, and then act. When you are absorbed in a task, stop working, get up, and take a 20-minute walk. As you walk, think about the main intention of the task you are working on, how it affects the end result, what tasks do you trust him, what is the strategic impact of this task? You will be amazed at the results.

Working hard and working smart can sometimes be two different things.  ~ Byron Dorgan

Beware of the ease trap

There is a saying that nothing in life is free even in Freetown.

A rat was placed in a jar filled with flakes. He got so happy to find so much food around him that he no longer feels the need to run for food, now he can live happily.

However, after several days of delight, the flakes reached the bottom of the jar. Suddenly he realized that he was trapped and could not get out. Now he must be completely dependent on someone to put seeds in the jar in order for him to survive. Now he has no choice but to eat whatever he is given.


Some lessons learned.

  1. Short-term pleasure can lead to long-term trap.

2. If everything comes easily and you feel comfortable, you might be getting stuck unknowingly to you and you might lose your independence.

3. When you don’t use your skills, you lose more than your skills. You lose CHOICE and FREEDOM as well.

4. Freedom is not easy to get, but it can be quickly lost. Nothing comes easily in life, and if does then maybe it is not worth it.

Don’t neglect your days of struggles, they could be your blessings in disguise.

Credit to Bitsu Eric.

Amidst price increase

My question is, when will this end?

The solution to the above problems is an alternative source of income. I’m not talking about multiple sources of income (this will be a topic for another day), but today I lets discuss alternative sources of income.

What is it?

Simply put, an alternative source of income is something to turn to in case of an eventuality. It is also something to generate additional income while pursuing big goals.

Where to start?

My advice to everyone is to start with a business idea.

In the early days of investing, we learned that you can generate business ideas from anyone, anywhere, but I tell you that business ideas are all around you. Just sit back, relax and think.

Know that business is about meeting people’s needs. If you see something that you can do to satisfy a need, it could be that it already exists, it may be a new or old business, but you want to improve it to make it appealing to people. It can be an individual trader, partnership, etc.

However, before diving into any business, seek professional guidance.You also need to undergo trainings where necessary to be the best at what you want to do.

Wish you best of luck in your endeavor.

Biasness in workplace

Biasness in the workplace inhibits career growth, and only 53% of employees in the UK believe that everyone in their organization has the opportunity to grow and develop, not just those close to them. Here are the results. from the OCTanner Global Culture Report 2021, which surveyed 40,000 employees and executives from around the world, including over 1,600 from the UK.

The study also found that nearly half of UK employees believe bias affects their organization’s recognition and reward programs, and 45% say their company rewards employees on a regular basis.

“Management bias very easily permeates day-to-day work life, and those who are called ‘high-level people’ are supported,” said Robert Ordever, CEO of the O.C. European leather. “The problem is that bias is rarely recognized and often overlooked when eliminated. This happens unnoticed and often with no intent to harm, but it can do great harm to the attachments “and development of employees.”

O.C. Tanner encourages companies to implement fair and transparent processes; managers are trained to detect and avoid bias; opportunities for growth and development are open to everyone; recognition of employees as an integral part of the company’s daily culture. An established culture in the workplace, in which recognition occurs every day and where management and colleagues can recognize and reward employees, helps avoid a “beloved” culture.

Currently, only 38% of organizations incorporate recognition into their daily culture, and less than half of UK employees (47%) admit that their efforts or accomplishments were noted in the previous month.

Orderver adds: “At its worst, bias can create toxic attitudes, a culture of resentment, and obstacles to career advancement. Therefore, leaders need to be aware that bias can be a problem and discuss with managers how to avoid it. And by prioritizing inclusion, ensures everyone has the same chance, not just those who flatter managers and speak louder.

NB: Images are for illustrative purposes only.



From the earliest years of creation, mankind believed that intelligence and hard work were the keys to success. The question every person on Earth should ask is: Do intelligence and hard work really guarantee or determine a person’s success in life?
The answer to this question is NO!
Intelligence and hard-work are good qualities or virtues that every person should have, for laziness does not pay off, but excessive dependence on hard work and intelligence is also not the way to this. Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are considered the two richest people in the world according to Forbes magazine but are these two the most hardworking and smartest people in the world.

There are many others who have worked or are working as hard and as smart as Jeff and Bill, and there are others who work harder and smarter than these two, but they are not as successful as either of them. Through their diligence, intelligence or diligence, many others will be considered the richest people, ahead of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.
Last year 2020, a Nigerian footballer Odion Ighalo, who was on training with England’s Manchester United at that time, tweeted that services are more important than work.

His tweet was not well received by most Twitter users because they see hard work or labour as the key to success. A few months later, Manchester United announced the signing of Odion Ighalo on loan. There are many other strikers who are stronger and vibrant than Odion Ighalo, but the Manchester United hierarchy has chosen him as the ideal player.
Most people don’t get one thing: if you think you are smart and hardworking, there are many other people who are twice as smart and hardworking as you, but you are more fortunate than these people. So many people do the right things, take the right steps, associate with the right people, work hard, read many books on how to be successful, and practice whatever they read in books. This, but they are still struggling with success. And someone somewhere does not do this and is still more successful than someone else.
The other person will start thinking wildly: but I am doing the right thing, I work hard every minute, every hour, I paid attention to all the instructions for success, nothing went wrong with me. What this person does not realize is missing from his hustling is the element of luck.
You may strive relentlessly and intelligently from today to eternity, but if you are not fortunate enough or favored, your struggles will always be fruitless or less fruitful compared with those who have found luck and favor in their endeavors. Fighting and thriving in a world with billions of smart and hardworking people takes a little luck and affection.
Do your best, don’t be lazy, work hard and hope that luck and goodwill shine on you and success will come at your door.

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