Debunk the Myth of Work Smart, Not Hard

Do Both.

Hello there and welcome to Treasured Gems by Mrs. Goldmine! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my thoughts. This is the place that you can come to find some of my most treasured gems and how I try to manage life, business and my faith. 💎

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”

Margaret Mead

Hey GEM Hey! So I had a list of topics that I wanted to open the blog up with and we will get to them but today I wanted to address how ridiculous the idea of working smart and not hard sounds. For YEARS, I’ve heard people say Work Smart, Not Hard as I’m sure you have as well. However, the problem with this concept is I’ve never seen a self made millionaire only do one or the other, they have ALWAYS done both. When people use this particular phrase, I look at it as though it is a cop out to actually doing the work and putting forth the effort needed to succeed in life.

Now I’ve only been in business for a year and a half and what I can promise you is that it is nothing short of a combination of hard work, working smart, common sense, determination and faith. For an entire year and a half, I dedicated all of my time to my business because I knew that if I just kept pressing forward, I would reach my goals. In 1 year, 6 months after I started my business, I made over 6 figures in revenue and honey that did not come from only working smart.

My days consisted of waking up at 4am and going to bed at midnight. I planned my tasks around my children and my husband while also managing to engage with customers, fill orders, drop off orders, create, design, cut, print… YOU NAME IT! I was a one woman show and I was going to prove to myself that dreams only worked if I did. Here we are in 2019, and Goldmine & Coco has grown so much that I have an assistant and friends and family that have to come over and help me to deliver on my promise.

What other people consider accomplishments, I call hard work and faith in God. Faith without WORK is dead. Know that by not cutting corners and building from the ground up, God will bless your latter more than your beginning. Not only that but you will appreciate it more. I remember as a child, my grandmother saying how people didn’t appreciate things that they didn’t work for and I have never worked so hard for anything else in my life. I find value in my work that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Discipline is what I use to wake up and push myself out of bed even when I don’t feel like it. Determination and perseverance are the secret ingredients needed daily to crush my goals. Faith and dedication to my craft keeps me up at night racing with ideas. When you take the time to mix all of those ingredients together, you are bound to make something happen for yourself.

Gem, I want to encourage you today to never lose sight of your vision and stay focused on your goal. When writing down your business plan, factor in what you are willing to sacrifice to see your dream come into fruition. Last but certainly not least, plan to work harder and smarter than anyone else in your field. Put in the work and soon enough everything you desire will become reality. I’m living proof. That is my gem for today and until next time, Smooches 💎

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14 thoughts on “Debunk the Myth of Work Smart, Not Hard

  1. Gwendolyn Cyprain says:

    I appreciate your willingness to be open and candid with us and your unselfish sharing. At almost 62, I’m encouraged to get moving on some ideas I have. I’ve gone through the “wish I had”. Now I need to take action. Thanks for the “nuggets”. 💓😊

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  2. Ammetta Whigham says:

    You are so right Felicia about hard work, faith, and determination. I’m starting to put my plan into action as well. Continued blessings for you and your business!

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  3. Chasidy Allen says:

    “Discipline is what I use to wake up and push myself out of bed even when I don’t feel like it. Determination and perseverance are the secret ingredients needed daily to crush my goals. Faith and dedication to my craft keeps me up at night racing with ideas.” This!!! I feel like I needed to hear this and to definitely write it down because this is a mantra of sorts. It shows how we need a little bit of everything in order to succeed and success comes with hard work and dedication!

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  4. Lesley says:

    faith without work….YES. I have to start moving my feet.

    Thank you for the inspiration and encouraging words. You are truly strategically placed to bless the multitude.

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  5. David McNeal says:

    How wonderful it is to see our daughter grow and flourish in wisdom. As I always love to encourage her and others. It is in him (God) that we have our way and being. He is our foundation. Very wise and inspiring blog. You rock baby.

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