It's no secret that the "work harder than me" mindset has been hammered into the mind of the masses. In a world full of high demand, standards for work ethic can become swayed by the demand of society. When it comes to work ethic, those that sacrifice are the inspirational ones. It has became more and more common for people to be inspired by the late night owl, the 24/7 worker, and the all-day business minded entrepreneur. Unfortunately, effort does not always mean getting work done. Sure, putting in the time is required to get what you need done, but sometimes the amount of time we put in to "be the hardest worker" is not required in order to get more done.
(Disclaimer: If you can be efficient all day that's a different case, as I know a few people who are. This article is geared towards those "grinding" all day, yet not accomplishing what they are trying to achieve.)
Work Smarter Than Me
Effort and efficiency can coincide, but are not always used together. In a world full of demand, we can sometimes forget to work more efficiently. As efficiency lowers, duration of work increases. What seems like 18 hours of work could have actually been accomplished in 6 hours with efficiency. Examples could be sharing your blog posts/images versus automated sharing (software), sharing to a large Facebook group versus trying to start your own from scratch, and even writing content versus sharing (no one knows how good your content is if no one sees it). Efficiency and effort coincide. There must be effort to create, but efficiency is needed to create better and create faster. Instead of "work harder than me" think "work smarter than me". Sure you could throw a ball (something that won't stick) at a wall hoping it will stick, or you could find something that actually sticks and throw it at the wall. Your choice.
Recover Better Than Me
Life is about balance. Regardless of whether you are an athlete, entrepreneur, or just looking to improve your quality of life, this always reigns true. Sure, there are periods of time where sacrifice of balance is needed, but long-term balance is KEY. What is the result of long-term lack of balance? BURN OUT! Whether your health gives, you start lacking motivation in business, or you stop making progress in the gym, burn out will find it's way to slow you down. Luckily, we don't have to stop our pursuit. Resting by pursuing what relaxes your mind and soul can be helpful in order to come back to work refreshed and ready to work efficiently. This could be spending time with family, sleeping more, reading a book, or even taking a nap. Recovery is beneficial for the mind and body.
Enjoy Life More Than Me
No, I am not here to tell you that you should spend more time away from work and go have fun. Enjoying life and working can be all the same. Enjoying what you do is by far the best way to succeed in your pursuit. If you love what you do, you will spend more time working. What's better? YOU WILL DO YOUR BEST! Instead of putting in effort, yet your focus lingering due to boredom or "having to work" in order to make money, you are there pursuing your goals the best of your ability because you love actually enjoy it and fully believe in what you do. The more you enjoy your life and enjoy what you do, the more you will accomplish in the pursuit that sets your soul free. Instead of forcing yourself in a pursuit, find what comes natural through enjoyment and self influenced ambition.
In a world full of high demand, it is easy to fall victim to the "work harder than me" mentality. Instead of focusing on this mentality trap, by focusing on working smarter, recovering better, and enjoying what you do in life more, you will find yourself further in your pursuit. Create more and enjoy the process, not just put in more time and effort recklessly.