Work Hard and Work Smart!

Hard work is the golden path to success, and that is no exaggeration. Hard work is also the most powerful tool that one can use, to become successful. It can stand head and shoulders above even luck and intelligence.

Hard work is especially important for young children. Young minds find everything fascinating! Be it the colors of the rainbow or the reason behind 1 + 1 = 2. It will surprise you to know that these questions are worked on, by scientists and mathematicians, day and night. Such work is “hard work”, and only such commitment will be able to produce Einsteins and Newtons. Or, for that matter, even a Mark Zuckerberg or Narayana Murthy.

The virtue of hard work is subjective. What our parents called hard work, might not be enough for us today, or it might be too redundant for us. For instance, hard work in our parents’ age meant sifting through thick volumes so as to write an essay. These days, such vast knowledge is available on the internet, with just a few clicks. Besides, it will take only a fraction of the time that our parents might have taken, a generation ago!

Parents and teachers are often guilty of pressurizing children to work hard. Poor grades are seen as the result of laggard work. So, children are forced to put in many hours at the study table, in order to “study harder”. This does two things: it makes the child feel his or her effort was worthless and drains him or her mentally and physically.

Instead of forcing children to slog it out at their desks, we must encourage children to study hard while studying smart! What does it mean to study smart? It means to study for less time, but to study effectively.

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Here are some great tips to study smart:

Understand the big picture – then, the small details will make more sense. Look at lessons on the world war through a wide lens, understand its effects, the circumstances of its breaking out; then the minor details of the war will make more sense, and you’ll easily be able to recollect it in the exam hall!

Smaller hacks:

When you study something new, teach it to someone. Teaching a subject imprints the subject matter in your mind. No wonder our teachers are so good at the subjects they teach, eh?

Use imagery when studying. For instance, imagine people talking to each other in the ‘Christmas Carol’ play, imagine blocks arranging themselves to understand geometry.


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Make mind maps, flowcharts that help in interconnecting topics. When you interlink parts of a subject, it becomes an easily digestible organic whole. That will make you a master of that subject!

Don’t spend too much time studying before exams – it will stress you out. Instead, study regularly. Have a timetable and follow it religiously. At the same time, ensure that your timetable is actually workable. It must be easy to follow. Give yourself time to play, time to read storybooks, time to watch a good movie, etc.


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Last, but not the least, never give up. To quote Babe Ruth, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up!”

Hard work is not hard, it’s a methodical way of approaching a problem. Hard work may be confused with long hours spent with books. Hard work, however, is a magical mixture of working smartly and being disciplined to the point of perfecting your skills through practice!

To conclude, always remember, “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison