Talent and smart work – that’s the ticket!

2 10 2015

“Talent is cheaper than table salt.  What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~ Stephen King

I would disagree with one of my favorite author here.  Smart work is a whole lot more important to me than “hard work”.  Showing up and putting your head down as you try to push a rock up a hill is indeed hard work, but isn’t smart.  Let the rock roll down the hill, crash into another rock down there, bust into pieces, and then carry the pieces up the hill.  That’s working smarter, not harder, and most importantly, achieving results – the rock is now on top of the hill!

I’d also disagree with the talent comment.  If you don’t have talent, then you’re never going to figure out how to get the smart work done.  There are a lot of jobs out there that need to be done, and that don’t need talent.  I know, I flipped burgers at Burger King, pumped gas, and I was a soldier in the US Army before this job.  While proud of my service, MOST military jobs don’t need an inherent talent.  They train the heck out of you, and then you do a job that is within very narrow boundaries.  Talent expands the boundaries that most good leaders will give you, and allow you to exercise your judgment more broadly.  Talent, and smart work – that’s the ticket!

Speaking of salt…

horsalt

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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