Work Hard And Smart, Not Just Hard

Posted: October 23, 2016 in Uncategorized
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I have been working really hard recently.  Between my regular job, the gym and my side-business, I have been putting in 70-80 hour weeks.

Last week I was speaking to a potential client that retired after owning a pizzeria for over 30 years.  The client told me stories about how he would wake up at 5 am for work and not return until midnight, 7 days a week, including Christmas and New Years Eve.

It was sad, but after all those years of hard work, not only did he have meager savings but he also had a massive heart attack towards the end of his career.

There is no doubt that this person worked HARD, but did he work smart?

Yes and No.  He owns a home in a decent neighborhood.  There is food on the table.

But I almost felt bad for him.   Working 100 hours a week for your entire life with not much to show for it is tough.

If you put that much work into real estate, law, accounting, engineering, or any other high paying profession, you SHOULD be at least relatively middle class.

But who am I to kid? That’s what I have been doing recently.

Between the pains in my chest and the sleepless nights, I have been working too hard.

This weekend I decided to take a mini-break.  I’ve only been married for 2 months and I am barely spending time with my wife.

Not only am I resting this weekend but I want to focus on working smarter instead of hard.  Don’t get me wrong, hard work is important, but just because you put in a lot of time doesn’t mean you are doing it right.

It’s the same with bodybuilding.  Intensity is a lot more important than volume.   I actually see volume as the enemy and not beneficial.

This “bulk up” season I have been trying to focus more on putting up the heavy numbers and less on adding worthless sets.

This week I bench pressed 245 pretty easily for a couple reps, I did 75’s for 8 in shoulders dumbbells and I leg pressed over 550.  The numbers I am reaching in the middle of October are a strong indicator that I should be pretty strong this winter.

I’m not sure If I will break my bench press record of 345, but I am 100% going to break my leg press record and I have a decent shot of breaking my dumbbell shoulder record of 105’s.

In conclusion: my goal now is to work smarter and not harder.  The goes for both my career and in the gym.

-John

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