One of the most popular motivational sayings is “Work smarter, not harder.”
I want to share with you an example of how “Smart Work” can lead you right where you belong without you even realizing it.
As a Mom, my successes are often secondary to those of my children. While I am proud of myself and my own accomplishments, there’s just no way to explain the overwhelming sense of pride when one of your children takes what you have taught them and applies that to their own life to attain their dreams. I’ve celebrated my daughter’s success as a competitive swimmer and how it has impacted her life throughout all of her years at high school and especially during her university days at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
While her graduating from university with a masters isn’t surprising in the least, how she ended up at Missouri State as a Canadian is interesting. With safety and recreation in mind, we began her swimming at a very early age, having no idea just how far this would eventually take her. By early high school, she was a top elite swimmer with the Ottawa Swim Club. This led to her setting a goal (without our knowledge) to apply for an athletic scholarship at a Division 1 University Swim Team. As parents, we did nothing more than guide her, and she did the rest. She was accepted on a Division 1 Team, was an honour student, and also became the Captain of the Swim Team.
Stacey set the goal, but aligned it with her purpose and values. By working smarter, not harder, her success came naturally, as did ours as parents!
I hope you are inspired by this story and can apply it to your life, or your business, or your team members and/ or your kids.