I know some of you would find it difficult to agree with what am about to reveal to you in this article. But is true!
Every poor person you see is a product of Hard Work.
The rich men you see are all products of Smart Work.
Once a time rich man but today poor is a victim of Smart Work + dishonesty.
Once a rich man, became poor and later came back as a rich man, is a product of Smart Work + Perseverance
In this article, you will understand all have just been said about the rich man and poor man.
Though I won’t be given many examples of those who played it smart and got wealthy and those who played it with hard work and got little wealth.
That is because this is an online article when it’s time to put them in Books, I will go deeper.
The Story of a Smart Worker, not Hard Worker
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Over time we have mistaken “Hard Work” for perseverance and we give reference to top record breakers as those that have worked hard.
But the truth is, they never worked hard, rather they worked smart along with perseverance.
In the case of Netflix and Blockbuster.
Blockbuster was the number one place to rent movies from.
Blockbuster was so popular that it had over 9,000 stores and I believe they were even planning on buying more to expand the business.
When Netflix came in they started by mailing movies to their subscribed customers who ask for it.
At one point Netflix offered Blockbuster a chance to buy Netflix from them for $50m.
The fear that Netflix won’t be able to survive the competition, it has with Blockbuster.
But Blockbuster declined the offer.
Right now blockbuster is nowhere to be found.
The last store out of a total of 9,094 stores back then was sold in 2011 after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2010.
But Netflix is still celebrating an increase in revenue.
As of 2017, Netflix declared an increase in revenue of about, $11.692 billion.
The question now is, how did small David Netflix kill giant Goliath Blockbuster?
- Netflix came out with a strategy of being the first to start an online DVD Rental Store.
- Netflix introduced monthly subscriptions.
- It introduces no dates of return and no late fees for overstayed movies with customers. As long as the person is still on a subscription.
- They offer a larger selection of movie titles to choose from, than Blockbuster.
- You can see others here
Those are the products of Smart Work, not Hard Work.
Smart Work + Perseverance = Results.
Netflix can boast over 137 million subscribers currently.
What about the likes of Bill Gates; Before Microsoft, there were other software yet he outshined them through smart work, not hard work.
Steve jobs outshined Nokia of 153 years with Apple which is currently 42 years old.
Many more to talk about.
All these people achieved results through smart work and perseverance, not hard work.
Thomas Edison, the man with 2,332 Patent Rights worldwide said something about his achievements/discoveries;
“Most of the things I create and have created were not initially my ideas. Rather they were ideas I got from people, by listening to them.” (Paraphrased)
That’s a man who was a smart worker.
Him, saying that, doesn’t mean he stole peoples’ ideas. No!
Edison continued by saying that, most of his ideas came to light by interacting with people.
That is, in the act of communicating with people, he picks up ideas from conversations that people didn’t even know was an idea.
I have not and am yet to see Hard Workers such as laborers, machine operators, bricklayers, employees, etc. That has made it big.
Though few get to the average life after many struggles, many get nowhere.
But if less Hard Work and more of Smart Work, you will skyrocket in achievements.
Don’t think or mistake smart work for being dishonest.
A dishonest man will achieve what he desires fast, but he will lose everything very fast.
I talked more about the power of dishonesty in this article, Dishonesty and Its Price Tag.
I urge you to go through it, to find out what dishonesty can do to anyone who indulges in it.
Smart Work is an act of seeing opportunities where no one sees them.
Like Netflix, whose initial idea was to be like Amazon.
But when they saw that mailing DVDs could bring a lot of fortune with less risk, they preferred it to the Amazon kind of business they didn’t understand too well, with a lot of risks.
Warren Buffet is another product of smart work. A man that lives in investment.
He sees opportunities with high returns where most people see none or are even scared to take a risk.
More and more examples of smart workers I would love to share, but I will save them for other episodes.
I know some persons might have questioned, why I included employees as a product of Hard Work.
Answer: All employees are products of hard work.
Don’t be surprised it is true. All employees are products of hard work.
But some have been able to do this; Hard Work + Smart Work
And the results have given them a bigger edge over other employees.
That is why you see two employees at the same level in the same company, with the same pay. But one has more wealth than the other.
Robert Kiyosaki, the author of; “Rich Dad and Poor Dad” is a product of Hard Work + Smart Work.
Rather I would say, Robert was once a product of Hard Work + Smart Work when he was working at Xerox as a sales rep.
According to Robert in his book; Why “A” students work for “C” students and “B” students work for the Government.
Robert said during his time as a sales rep at Xerox, he was leaving a life that even his co-employees couldn’t afford.
They were thinking Robert was using his pay to flex instead of saving. But they never knew young Robert was busy investing and building Empire.
Today everyone knows Robert, but no one knows, who were his co-workers at Xerox, apart from their family members, friends, and employers.
Because they were busy applying for Hard Work as a living instead of including Smart Work to it.
Every employee wants to please his boss, they give their all.
Come before 7 am work time, close later than the close time.
Think and act productively to increase their boss’s income flow, while theirs remain constant.
Some even go the extra mile of offering themselves to their boss, just for them to remain favored in their sight.
I don’t call that favor, I call it foolishness.
After putting their all in all (Hard Work), they end up being fired.
Either by the direct word; you are Fired! or the well-packaged word, Retirement.
All still means you no longer work there which means you are fired!
If you are not playing it Smart as an employee, by seeking other investments as a source of income, you will remain in the rat race as Robert Kiyosaki has said in his books.
You will be like someone who goes to fetch water from the river with a bucket full of holes before he gets to his destination the bucket becomes empty as though he never went to the stream.
But I know, as you have come to read this priceless article, you have decided to take that decision to be a Smart employee.
So I encourage you to take that bold step that will make you a Boss(Smart Worker) not a slave(Hard Worker)
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