Posts Tagged ‘Career

  As many of you know, one of the most popular blog posts I’ve written on this site discusses how I used gamification principles to help me get a job at Google. This blog post quickly spread to Hacker News, Business Insider, and gave me another opportunity to speak about gamification at GSummit! (Note: None […]

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” […]

My recent focus has shifted towards the relationship between career, lifestyle, happiness, and mastery. They are all strongly interconnected in ways that I was previously unaware of. The articles below will give you a sense of what I mean. http://calnewport.com/blog/2010/01/23/beyond-passion-the-science-of-loving-what-you-do/ http://scienceblogs.com/cortex/2010/01/chess_intuition.php http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2010/01/25/living-on-the-edge-of-incompetence/

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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