While writing the Springsteen piece that came before this, I thought of all the times I’ve heard people take pride in the fact that they “work smart, not hard.” I am not completely against this thought across the board; rather, I just don’t understand why the two things have to be mutually exclusive.
Why is it not smart to work hard? Is smart work any easier than…what? Dumb work? Am I dumb to work hard?
You see, I don’t think this is an either/or decision to make when deciding how we should work. Furthermore, I don’t think we can make a blanket statement about how we should work.
Different jobs require different plans of attack. Were someone to say something like, “When balancing a ledger, one needs to work smart, not hard,” then that seems truer than to say the say the same if one is digging a ditch.
Despite the job, however, I think it is always smart to work hard. What’s more, I think that sometimes people say “Work smart, not hard” just to justify being lazy.
As a bartender, I’m constantly required to multi-task and triage things in order of importance; Drinks come before processing payments, and someone’s first drink takes priority over someone else’s second drink, but bottled beers come before highballs, which come before draft beers, and Lord knows how long it’s going to take me to remember that you asked for a glass of water.
I’m just trying to illustrate that it’s a lot of work; yes, it takes a good degree of mental acuity, but it also takes hard work.
So, if you’ve got a job that requires your brain more than your body, by all means, work smarter than herder, but don’t tell me to do so, because I have to do both. How else are you gonna get your buzz on?
Just thoughts here, spitballing really; I wouldn’t want you thinking these things actually bother me. Unless one is lazy, however; that bothers me. If we’re all in this together, then the rest of us deserve you to throw in your weight, and even if you don’t, try not to find ways to make your laziness seem like you’ve figured out something that others of us haven’t.
Much love, beautiful people. Hope you’re well.