“If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.”
It’s weird how we take certain expressions for granted. You hear someone say they “work hard”. Then you go “Yeah, tell me about it!”. But really, what the hell does that mean?
To be honest I hadn’t really thought about what it means to me until a former math tutor asked that question.
So, here are a couple of thoughts that emerged.
When we “work hard” we persist. We show “grit” even when things are difficult, tedious, monotonous, boring and we don’t get immediate feedback or rewards. What we need to do is to find a love for the process.
People often use the expression “work hard, play hard”. So naturally we should ask: “Then, what does ‘play hard’ mean?”
You know when people say “don’t work hard, work smart”? Let’s dig into that!
This kind of leaks into the concept of “incubation” when it comes to problem solving and creativity. That basically means we put ourselves into situations and experiences that take our attention away from the problem long enough for a divergent idea to come along. This usually leads to a more unique solution.
But let’s make a distinction here. If we want to use “play smart” as a tool then maybe we could have it not be a distraction from the problem.
How would we do that?
We could use Lego, it can be a kind of multipurpose tool for us.
Let’s say we’re working on a song. We could use the blocks to represent different instruments and build a Lego version of it. Cool, that’ll end up looking completely weird & awkward and it could also help unlock some creative ideas for arrangements or something.
Now, are we playing smart? I think we just might be.
There’s probably a million objects we could use for different purposes that we generally don’t think about.
What are some ways you play smart?
Let me know in the comments and hit me up on Twitter.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!