Hard Work or Smart Work?

Work hard to be successful. People have been saying that since time immemorial but does it really work? Is hard work worth it? Then why do people desperately dream of retirement which most folks spend in their sickbeds because working hard had worn them so much? Compared to smart workers who never retire. They love what they do till death do them part. Honestly, I've seen a lot of folks work hard and fail miserably. They remained poor and even had marital problems because of the accompanying financial lack. Dire financial problems can take its toll on marriage sometimes.

But the new century brought in something else, especially in the so-called new normal when severe lockdowns paralyzed economies due to the pandemic and closed down industries manned by folks who worked hard. People suddenly found themselves jobless and no amount of hard work could help them make money because they were kept indoors. And besides, there was no workplace to go to. But others found a way to work smartly by doing business online, and with less work at that. And more smart workers were born.

Have more time for what you really love doing. Click the image for more on being less busy but more productive.

For instance, Jon Orana, an e-book and digital product online entrepreneur, said he made an unprecedented sales in 2020 while traditional businesses were closing due to bankruptcy. Sales literally skyrocketed at a time when the world was suffering a deadlock. And it didn't involve more hard work or more input. His online sales simply picked up more times over. Why? Because doing an online business made things simpler, easier but more productive. 

In short, online was smart work. Less busy but more productive.

So here's an emerging work paradigm: work smart. Simply working hard does not work anymore. You have to find a way to make work simpler, cheaper and smarter--and more effective. For instance, one popular byword today is autopilot. Sales work online is now on autopilot, meaning a sales system makes everything automatic by a bot (digital robot)--from profiling prospects, to sales presentation, to closing the sales, to follow up, to payment collection to product delivery and then to reselling. 

And all you have to do is sit back, relax, and check the sales.

Another smart term is residual income. This is income that just comes in regardless of your sales efforts. You may even stop working and the income just keeps coming in because the digital sales system in place keeps working for you 24/7, nonstop. This system connects all the related or homogenous systems rooted from your system and enables everyone to benefit from the pool of incomes generated from everybody's efforts.

Another wonderful smart term is leverage, or using other people's time, skill and effort. You can own a cab and drive it to make money. You get good income if you work very hard each day. Smarter is if you buy 3 cabs and have the other two driven by two hired drivers. So you use the time, skill and effort of the two drivers to triple your income and pay them with whatever they make after they hit minimum sales, or what they call "boundary."

In short, leveraging is using extra time, skill and effort to grow your income without any added effort on your part. Then you pay people you hire salaries and benefits. It's a win-win situation--except when the cabs start having problems due to wear and tear or the drivers start giving you headaches. Then the idea of operating 3 cabs ceases to be a smart idea. And anyway, cabs are useless during total lockdowns. So operating cabs is not really smart work in the end. 😓

You can start building houses and selling them. But it's silly to do this all by yourself. So you hire people to build houses and sales agents to sell them for you. You leverage their time, skills, and effort and make a lot more money than if you build and sell the houses yourself. But soon you discover that hiring people gives you a lot of problems and in some cases, ruin your business. Or give you headaches that later lead to serious illnesses.

Even some property agents on commission basis can also give you problems.

There are businesses that seem to be smart ideas at first but later turn out to be nothing but hard, taxing work. Some even become unfruitful. They also overstress you and overstress is among the leading causes of serious illnesses, say experts. No kidding. Overstress can kill, especially in latter years. Just to give you a tip: hard work is the curse that fallen man got as punishment after sinning in Eden. Before the fall, man merely managed God's provisions without much effort. Man was working smart, so to speak.

But the good news is, the pandemic ushered in a totally new way of making big money by working smartly than working hard. In fact, it's almost like lazy work. You work less but get more money. You become less busy but more productive. Other people do see it as laziness because to them anything that does not entail hard work and punishment is idleness. I remember what Bill Gates said about "lazy" people.
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
The context is, lazy people who find ways to make things very easy for them. Not lazy folks who hate work and do zero work. I think Gates is referring to people who'd rather work smartly than work hard. Here's a full article on it. Click here. 

The new smart way of working is done online and uses autopilot work mode, residual income and leveraging. Blogging is one way of doing it. You may blog about your business and sell your products there. You may also do vlogs. You may sell digital products and leave the products on your website where they are promoted or advertised 24/7, leveraging an ad system that promotes them for you nonstop. Here's a supplement article.

Or you may use an actual leveraging system where you build a team of fellow online entrepreneurs hellbent on making big money for themselves by working together and helping each other grow. Instead of you doing 100 percent of the work alone, you do it with, say, 50 others who share in the workload so that each of you does only 2% of the work. Everyone becomes less busy but more productive. And nobody has to pay anyone salaries because you are all entrepreneurs making money in the joint venture. That's leveraging. Imagine doing only 2 percent work but making 6- or 7-digit incomes!

Like Lucio Tan, for instance. Instead of managing all his businesses alone, he hires managers and workers to do everything for him. And he pays them salaries. But not everyone of us can be like Lucio Tan. Not all of us have hundreds of millions to invest on a business. But working smartly together with a smart team that leverages each other can do the trick. They can do a multi-million business like Lucio Tan, but with so minimal a capital (just a little over P10K, for instance), and yet each of them making millions a month continually. Are you working smartly with a system like this today? Don't be left behind!

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