What hard work means today

September 5, 2007

Download Article: What Hard Work Means
Source: Seth Godin, Agent of change

The meaning of “hard work” is redefined in this day and age. Reliance on our hands and feet have been minimized in favor of our brains. Call it Hardwork 2.0. This article does a great job of identifying what hard work means today and why most of us are not really working that hard.


8 Responses to “What hard work means today”

  1. Anonymous said

    Its a nice article in that it encourages about taking sensible/calculated risks – in almost an entrepreneurial style.

    Ofcourse other schools of thought are – working smarter/efficiently not to mention achieving contentment. One might argue – the reason (or the reward) for technological advance, using brain more than muscles etc. — is aimed at a better life style, evolutionary advancement of a sort.

  2. Vivek said

    Its thoughtful and a nice article.

    In todays’ world, hard work means stepping out of your comfort zone and really pushing the limits of your skills and expertise. If you are doing that repeatedly, that means you are putting up a lot of hard work.

  3. Rushang said

    The first comment brings to mind another, totally separate issue that I’ve been thinking about.

    In developing countries where more than 90% of work still depends on physical labor skills (versus intellectual), is technology helping or hurting the general population?

    For example, automation is a great thing for countries like USA where labor is expensive. However, the same automation in countries like India can put many many people out of work. Where are these people to go?

  4. Anonymous said

    Ain’t that a pickle … 🙂

    Technology in this context (non-annihilative) can not hurt – as long as we continue to evolve with technology. Consider what a CEO of a company once told his employees in a discussion on outsourcing “Dont consider this as our jobs being taken away – but instead as a means for us to step up what we do and upgrade our education system and the roles we play” He cited the example of going from doing actual coding/programming to doing ‘architectural’ level work. Similarly in India, as long as the general population continues to evolve with time and scientific advances, they will keep finding work to do. Yes, the work would be more intellectual than muscular.

    Sadly the process is usually slow in rural areas – not sure whom the responsibility falls on to push this thought/initiative to the deepest level.

    I have myself wondered, what harm would it do if we really just slowed down the scientific progress – just by a notch. For example — do we really need an iPhone? And sometimes technology that is created for a noble/harmless purpose finds itself being used in a completely different facet where the thought of the application itself would make the inventor shudder !

    That however has always been the downside of scientific growth – to curb that would be to turn back time.

  5. Rushang said

    The idea of “slowing down technological progress” is something that was practiced in the old days in Indian history. For example, the Kul-guru (lead philosopher; every kingdom had one) in the days of kingdoms and kings was responsible for ratifying all decisions that affect society as a whole. In fact, the Kul-guru’s decisions superseded even the king. Often times, the Kul-guru would reject the spread of a technology or “progressive idea/product” because he could foresee circumstances where it would be misused or harm society as a whole.

    This gets us into the debate of “should science be curbed by philosophy?” I’m careful to choose my words – philosophy and not “religion,” which is an after-thought of philosophy and morality.

  6. Anonymous said

    That’s entrusting one man with a lot of power …. in today’s world that can be either a very good thing or a catastrophic move.

    Makes you wonder … do the Amish have it right?

    Excellent point though — we’ll talk about it in detail sometime 😉

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