After the speech, the two friends contemplated the same thing. How to tackle the upcoming exams. Vishal stood outside the auditorium and heaved a sigh of relief. He thought to himself. “I’ve been working hard all my life in school and I know that it always pays off and everyone expects me to achieve excellence this year. Instead of worrying the entire year about how I have to get the best result I should trust my ability and not cut out on other things in my life just to study. I’ll work smart instead of hard. It is true what they say, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”
Outside the same auditorium, Kishore stood with a different determination altogether. He thought to himself “I’ve been very casual about my studies throughout my life. This is an important year. I know I am not the brightest student, so if I have to perform well I have to work from the bottom up. I will work hard consistently throughout the year and I hope it will give me the desired results.”
So the two friends set out to achieve their goals with different mindsets. Kishore made a schedule and took all the efforts needed to follow it. Although this behaviour was a novelty for him, which made it incredibly hard to follow through, he tried his best and kept at it. He spent hours trying to learn all the concepts that were taught in class by rote memory. It was indeed very hard for him to do this as he made no effort to formulate a proper understanding of what was taught. Throughout the year he learnt and learnt again the material which he often forgot. At the end of the year, he began a tedious process of going through the syllabus once again sequentially. Due to the lack of time in those crucial days, he missed revising the more important points.
Vishal, on the other hand, stuck to his usual schedule of studies and homework, extracurricular activities, outings and relaxing time, As the exam neared and the school year approached its end, Vishal began to collect extra information from different books, looked at previous years papers, consulted seniors and teachers about the most probable questions and prepared answers for them. He studied everything once but took efforts to understand the concepts and then focused on the important questions that could come.
As the time of examination approached both the students felt confident about their preparation through their modus operandi.
The results came a month later. Vishal scored 95% and exceeded the expectations of his teachers and parents. For Kishore, the result was not what he had expected. He only scored 75%. His result was in no way reflective of the number of hours he had spent studying. Disheartened, Kishore talked to Vishal. “I put in so much effort. I slaved night and day yet I didn’t get the desired results. I gave up my time of relaxation, even quit football. And I saw you, you did not bring about a big change in your habits. How is it that you scored so much more than me”.
Vishal said, “My friend, it is indeed commendable that you put in so much effort. I did too albeit a bit less, but I worked strategically. I worked smarter instead of harder. It is true that hard work does wonders, but if that hard work is aimless and not channelled properly it will lead you nowhere.
Kishore got up and left without a word. It was a hard pill for him to swallow but it was true.
“Hardworking is good but Smart work is better”