Make Money Online – Working Smart Vs. Working Hard

How many times have you heard that success requires hard work? Many people say I am successful because I work very hard. However, let’s look at what I really do and see if this is true.

I drive a $100,000 sports car while talking in front of a video camera. Is that hard work? I don’t think so. I also sit on a $1,600 Herman Miller Embody chair and tap some keys on a keyboard. Is that hard work? Is must be. Otherwise, I wouldn’t need such an awesome chair!

Working Hard Vs. Working Smart

I don’t believe that hard work is a key requirement for success. Instead of working hard, I believe in working smart. How is working smart different than working hard? Here are just a few examples.

  • Working hard is going door to door to sell encyclopedias. Working smart is setting up a Facebook Ad targeting families with school age kids.
  • Working hard is selling one-on-one on the phone. Working smart is having your own phone team to do the selling for you.
  • Working hard is digging for gold during the gold rush. Working smart is selling the shovels.
  • Working hard is working with the 80% that represent 20% of your business. Working smart is firing the 80% and working with the 20% that represents 80% of your business.
  • Working hard is trying to line up all your ducks so you can get ready to get ready. Working smart is just doing it, ready or not.
  • Working hard is trying to do everything yourself. Working smart is surrounding yourself with people who can do the stuff that you can’t.
  • Working hard is trading your hours for dollars to make money. Working smart is having dollars work for you.
  • Working hard is trying to reinvent the wheel. Working smart if leveraging a proven system.

Stop working so hard, and start working smart. Working hard does not create the Dot Com Lifestyle. Working Smart does. Watch the video to find out how I can make over $10,000 an hour by working smart.

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18 thoughts on “Make Money Online – Working Smart Vs. Working Hard”

  1. Ken says:

    John, I read a quote once that said, if working hard was the way to become rich, a ditch digger would be rich. The key is not to work hard, but to work smart. Leverage the success and failures of others, use your time for profitable activities and don’t waste time. Time is money, and you can’t get time back.

    One of the smartest things I ever did was start following your blog!

  2. Ken says:


    Can you do me a huge favor. I am a MOBE affiliate under you, so any money I make you make money, too.

    Most of the MOBE reviews on the internet are total junk. They talk about what a scam MOBE is, and most actually are used as a bait and switch to get you to buy into another MLM offer.

    I recently revised my MOBE Review and was hoping you would have a sec to review it, and make any suggestions to improve my clicks and sales.

    Thanks, Ken ( a loyal reader)

  3. Saint Jose says:

    Most of the people came from failure to success with some of the people have based on hard work & also smart work.It’s depends on mindset.good informative you are sharing.

  4. Post is really inspiring – working hard vs smart, real eye opener. Thanks for the post

  5. Bharat says:

    Smart working gives you better and fast results but how long they will get stable that’s a question mark..!!

    1. Nagesh K says:

      You are right, it should be mix of both. Hard work should be done in a smart way. 🙂

      1. Shankar says:

        You’re right Nagesh. I used to work hard. I quit my job and now I work smart and earn more!

  6. Sarah says:

    Most of the people concentrate on hard working and forget that smart working can be more beneficial. A better plan with a dedicated execution can beat all the problems and hurdles.

  7. Robyn says:

    Love the video and written content of working smart vs working hard.

  8. Smooth says:

    Such a motivating article for all lazy people out there….

  9. joseph says:

    Hard working could also mean being persistent and determined to meet you goals. and to keep going when everybody else is resting. I think it would be smart to practice speaking to people about your business, this seems to be a vital and often pushed aside activity.

  10. “Study the best of the best, do what’s useful, then dump the rest!”

  11. Hey Jon,

    You’re such a great inspirer. Thanks for leading me to MOBE.

    And that’s a beautiful video right there.


  12. simplygenius says:

    Love the video, this concept of making money makes a lot of sense .

  13. Jeremiah says:

    What you say here John is plain obvious, the only thing that’s missing is that not everyone can work smart as opposed to working hard where anyone can do it.

    Nice car BTW

  14. faisal says:

    Working smart can change the way you do work,

  15. oni says:

    John , Its is not how far you went………………….
    but how well you went………………………….
    Time is money and very expensive…………….

  16. Bill KIngston says:

    John you are my inspiration that’s why i read your blog almost everyday

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