What we do everyday isn’t hard work.
At 4 am today I greeted the Kansas City airport parking maintenance man. He was doing hard work. The line cook at McDonald’s I see arriving at 5 am to prep burgers, that’s hard work. The roofer, brick mason, warehouse stocker, farmer, assembly line worker – all those people perform hard work.
- Is hard work the same as smart work? Often.
- Is smart work the same as hard work? Sometimes.
- Is our (your) work important? Absolutely.
- Is our (your) work impactful? Undoubtedly.
Because every time I see a hard worker (particularly one smiling and pleasant) it puts my professional contribution in check. We love what we do. And I wouldn’t change it for the world. But as we exhale from “exhaustion” at home each night, let’s keep it in perspective.