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Does Working Harder Get You There Faster?

We are programmed from an early age to think: “If I just work harder, I can reach my goals faster.” This attitude is reflected in Daft Punk’s hit “Harder Faster Better Stronger”:

Work It. Make It. Do It. Makes Us
Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.
Work it harder, make it better,
Do it faster, makes us stronger
More than ever hour after
Our work is never over

But what if this belief is false? What if working harder, instead of making my results happen faster, just contributes to burn out?

Does turning the thermostat all the way up make the room heat up faster? So why would just “working harder” accelerate success?

My realization is that I should “work smarter”: find the right level of effort that yields the best results. And take care of myself better so I can build a stronger personal foundation to support results that last longer.

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Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq–Nw

Official video (non-embeddable): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgBgnoEY4iM

Daft Punk: http://www.daftpunk.com

Daft Punk on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daft_Punk

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