Archive for the ‘Career’ Category

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is the standard career advice: “Do what you love.” I’ve heard it a million times from different people and various presentations, but oftentimes I wonder if the people who say it actually mean it. What I believe happens quite often is that the “do what you love” […]

An idea I want to explore today is the nature of working smarter versus working harder to achieve progress in your career. More often than not, if a recent graduate asks how she can advance up the corporate ladder in a company, she will be told to work harder and/or work longer hours to show her dedication to the company and her desire to succeed. She might shorten her lunch break a bit, stay a little longer after everyone else leaves, etc. While this approach can and will work if you have a management team that notices and rewards such behavior, there is a diminishing marginal return to the mantra of “work harder to get ahead.” A pictorial demonstration of the concept of diminishing marginal return can be seen below




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