Smart work doesn’t replace hard work
I have wrote about Smart work and how one should always do smart work etc. After writing and publishing, I thought to myself. Am I giving a wrong notion that ‘it is always about smart work’ and ‘ hard work has got nothing to do with it’. If I did, I’m sorry. It is not the case. Yes, it is always about Smart work, but it is not replacement for Hard work. You are supposed to do smart work while working hard.
I love Mark Cuban and here is one of his quote which I absolutely love — “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.”. When he asks you to work 24 hours, he is not asking you to just work, but work smart for all those hours to make it big. It also means, do smart work, clear your deck and start on the other tasks. (At a startup, there are works everywhere at any point of time)
When you start off at ground zero (whether it is a startup or anything else), you might not have a lot of privileges. You might not be a graduate from ivy league, might not have business in your blood lines or even enough money n your account — which is the case with most BTW. So what do you have? There are only two things which you have — Your TIME LEVERAGE and HARD WORK. These are the only two things which you can use to go against the billion dollar company you are competing with.
I believe it is important to have a certain obsession to your startup. Spending time with problems you are trying to solve is very important. In my experience, I have come up with some random(yet useful) ideas at 3.00 am after parties when I just went to bed. At a party, you are supposed to forget the work and not think about it until next day. While I don’t actively thought about the startup, it is there, always there at some corner of the brain processing a solution for the long list of problems it is posed with. I cannot back up the results (with my experience); and hence not yet sure whether it is the perfect way, but this definitely seems to be driving in the right direction.