March 4, 2019

Working Harder and Smarter is NO longer enough


I am a firm believer in working hard and even have my famous quote, "If you think you work hard, work harder." Over the years, I have also learnt that working hard is only the first step. We also need to work smarter to get better results for anything in life. However, what I have truly come to appreciate is that while working harder & smarter are the fundamentals of life success be it business or personal, I have been enlightened that we really do need the right fit for anything to flow with ease to achieve ultimate peak desires and achievements. Thank you for allowing me to understand this very important life message to live a much more meaningful and fulfilled life ahead. Truly blessed as I still have plenty time ahead to get uncomfortable to get in sync with my peak state of mind, body, spirit & soul. 

You can do the same if you are prepared for the discomfort that is ahead. I am as I accept that it is very much needed if we are interested to continue growing in our very own way that best fits us.

50 comments:

Fadelah Daud said...

Thank you for the sharing, boss.

I will always remember this. The people who are always working hard, they will get good results in the end of their journey.

Thank you

kevin jaffery said...

Either we work hard or we work smart, both of it will ended at the same place that is SUCCESS. I believe in this fast-changing environment we need to have more than just hard and smart or else we will be at the bottom of food chain.

Thank you for the sharing Mr.Ernie!

Andrew Yau said...

First and foremost, I really thank for your enlightenment.

I know I'm the fortunate one to learn this in the younger age without going through as many serious shits as others.

Again, it gave me stronger reminder that I'm chose the right path. Working hard is good, work smart is pretty better, we still have to commit to our targets whether in life or work. Align it with the stars of enlightenment.

Everyone is different, be the authentic one. Work on our strengths, step on it.

I always excited to achieve my better self in 2019 in ATCEN.

GET THE SHITS DONE. AWESOMENESS HAPPEN! 💯

Noorfa said...

We will take your advice to have good control and balance of our mind, body, spirit and soul for us to be comfortable and achieve success in our life.

Wayne Chong said...

Thank you for the good sharing. I really learned a lot throughout the journey of being part of the team. I will keep growing myself and achieve what I want to achieve.

Thank you Mr. Ernie.

dilla muhamad said...

We are basically really work hard in making the first step of a new challenge ahead. We work hard physically and emotionally for a decision that truly can change our life. And yes, we surely will faced discomfort and uncertainty with every decision we made. But still, work hard pays off.

Sincerely,
Fadillah Muhamad

Vivian Foong said...

Everyday I remind myself, we not only work harder we also need to work smarter and faster on what we are doing. Everyday improve ourself a little bit, it's good to us. It's make my life substantial everyday.

Thank you to Mr. Ernie for your sharing!😆

Ginny Seow said...

If you want to grow, always make sure you are discomfort. Step out from your comfort zone, you will see something different and do something beyond your limitation.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the wonderful sharing Mr. Ernie!

In my point of view, meaningful life does not mean that you need to be well-known, highly educated or rich. Life will be flawless and significant if we live it in a right way. What I meant by that? Living a life by being humble, helping each other when needed and touching the lives of others.

Sometimes challenges will make our life interesting or miserable. Whatever it is, end of the day it will teach you a lesson on how to lead a life. To conclude Life is never easy for those who dream.

-Thinessha Balan-

khairul fahmir anuar said...

Yes Mr Ernie, I agreed your blog "Working Harder and Smarter is No longer enough".
But I'm proud of my hard work. Working hard won't always lead to the exact things we desire. There are many things I've wanted that I haven't always gotten. But, I have a great satisfaction in the blessings from my mother and father, who instilled a great work ethic in me both personally and professionally.

Lhea Abira said...

I know the value of hard work. I have watched how my parents render services to their sources of income, consistently. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Working with you, gain me the life learning experience and improve my knowledge in many areas. Thank you for your coaching and happy birthday Mr. Ernie.

-Rosmalia-

Anonymous said...

Not everything pans out the way we plan it to be. Alot of times we just gotta make the best out of the situation we are in. I agree that we should always be prepared for the best and worst life has to offer on all fronts. With that said, happy birthday and many many more returns of the day Mr. Ernie.

-Malathy Muniandy-

Anonymous said...

Such a powerful write-up,

Mr Ernie Chen , you have always been working hard. Always teaching us to dream big,
to continue doing our passion and of course inspiring us to achieve our dreams no matter how hard life may be.

You truly deserve everything you have right now.

-Syazmi-

Norhafizah binti Mohd Rupi said...

Thank you Mr. Ernie for always make us realize and understand with the meaning of real life in regards to improve ourselves become more better by doing the good things to others. It really give a great impact to myself but if compare to you I'm still really-really far away behind.

Your 3B, Brain, Boss and Body that you have shared yesterday will be in mind and implement.

Have a nice day ahead!

Thank you

hidayah padil said...

Working hard can be draining, but finding ways to work smarter can counter this, fostering more positive feelings about our job, our coworkers and our self.

This, in turn, will makes us feel more confident, more inspired, and more willing to do whatever it takes whenever necessary.

Thanks and Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Ernie!

Anne Peter said...

Good day to you, Mr Ernie.

Thank you for your very good sharing. Hard work is necessary in order to attain success in all aspects of life. Life is not as easy as we are expected. It takes sweat, determination and hard work to achieve our life goals. Besides hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice, and the important thing is love on what you are doing or learning to do.

Thank you.

Wizz said...

Working Hard and Smart is the basic, to get more improvement, we need to step out from the comfort zone. Thanks for the sharing.

Shahrul Shafiee said...

Betul boss!! Bukan sahaja kerja keras yang diperlukan malah kerja dengan bijak sangat penting dalam melakukan kerja harian yang dapat membuahkan hasil yang memuaskan. Keep it up dont give up. ��������

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing boss. There is no shortcut, always work harder and smarter.


**Jimi

Anonymous said...

Once your replace negative thoughts with positive one, you'll start having positive result..

Thank you Mr Ernie for your sharing.

-Hakim Shakir

Kelvin Thong Jian Hao said...

Work hard, and work smart, then we only can work fast.

Yes, it is tough. But "we don't need to enjoy the process, just do it and let's work hard & smart to enjoy the results."

Peggie Woo said...

Yes, Mr. Ernie. Before this, we will never know the results until we start the full engine to work harder and smarter. It does not fully fail but just keep remain at the same cycle.

You will always be there to pull or push us back to the right path. Now, we not only Work HARDER, SMARTER and need to be FASTER.

Once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Yew Vicky said...

Working hard is no longer what we should do now but work smarter and faster. When the first day of entering in PORTMAN, I knew that I need to always leave my comfort zone in order to learn more and get closer with SUCCESS.

Thank you for Mr. Ernie's sharing.

_Vicky_

Priya Tarishini said...

Thank you for another wonderful sharing, Mr. Ernie.

One must, however, not just work hard but work smart too. As the saying goes, the efficient person gets the job done right; the effective person gets the right job done.

With that, Happy Birthday Mr. Ernie.

-Priya-

Nivashini said...

Thank you for the sharing, Mr Ernie.

Believe in yourself,work hard, work smart and passionately present your best self to
the world.

With that note, Have a blessed birthday Mr. Ernie.

-Nivashini-

Joseph Choong said...

Thanks for the sharing Mr. Ernie.

I believe all of us have achieve the first step working hard but I know it is not enough because there are always people who is going to work harder than us. And that is why we need to go to the second step work smart.

Appreciate every meeting with you cause whenever our time with you, you always enlighten us.

Let's do this and make it our year!

platinumfreeriding_associate said...

We will ready for the discomfort ahead. continue growing in our very own way that best fits us, That is Our Culture and Strength.
Always think, act behave like a Champion. Impossible is Nothing.

Mawardi Abdul Hai said...

The capacity of man is never can be concluded. Its always be diverse in nature and the one that keep adapting or striving will gain the ultimate goal of this life.
Thanks for the sharing.

- Mawardi bin Abd Hai -

Cheryl Lim said...

Thank you for the sharing Mr. Ernie.

Only working hard and smart on the things that is not the right fit to us is definitely will be difficult for us to achieve ultimate peak desires and achievements.

Truly appreciate that I have found my right fit. I will take action by work harder and smarter on it in order to live a much more meaningful and fulfilled life ahead.

-Cheryl Lim-

Rangjini said...

Dear Mr. Ernie ,

Thank you for the great sharing.

Yes I do too believe in Working Harder and Smarter will be the best choice of tools to success these days. We have moved into Industrial 4.0 and more and more innovation is being created.

Working the same way as before may not be as fruitiful as working the new way. Result will be greater as evertyhing is reachable as just to a press of finger.

**Rangjini**

POHYI CHOONG said...

Work Harder. Work Smarter. Work Faster

Always believe that we are only ONE DAY AWAY to where we want to get to.

Edwin YauKY said...

Thank you for the sharing.

New year new us, we should always be creativity and innovation that we need to think out of the box, also think like there is no have the box.

Be strong and stronger than yesterday.

-Edwin Yau_

Ryan Choy said...

True, we all must work harder if we we are thinking that we already worked hard enough. Nothing comes easy and goes easy, if we work hard and harder we will be smarter and faster as well.

-Ryan Choy-

Fasihah Jasni said...

Thanks for the good sharing Mr. Erni.

It is true that hard work is not enough to succeed in today's world. Success is not just about how long or how hard you work, it's about what you work at and why you keep working at it.

-Fasihah-



Nur Shairah Azhar said...

I learned from the life's 3 best teachers: heartbreaks, empty pockets and failures, will only make you stronger. In the suffering, you will meet yourself. Dont avoid it. Learn from it. Work harder, faster and smarter to get the better result for anything in life.

Thank you Ernie Chen and Happy birthday!

Sry Haryane Mohd Nor said...

Hi Mr. Ernie,

Thank you for the sharing. Recently I have read few articles, most of the author were saying which is work and smarter is not enough. It is between yes and no, depending on the situation. However from the articles there is few tips to improve the way we work and to be result driven :

Avoid Multitasking
Every company were seeking the staff who able to do the multitasking task. However to be the result driven, we need to abandon any ideas of "multitasking". The justification is, the multitasking actually were will slow down and ruin your focus.

Lack of Prioritization
Everything is marked as "URGENT", ad-hoc task is urgent, current task is urgent. In the end of the day, most of us constantly getting more things dumped onto our "plate".


Create and Stick to the Routine

As human we are creatures of habit, and so are our brains. When we establish routines, we can carry out the task faster since we don't have to think about the task. Since we want to emphasise the SoP, each Department, each staffs can pre-plan their "Hakiki" task and set the reasonable deadline and do everything in our power to meet it. Therefore any ad0hoc task received is not treat as a threat.


Sry Haryane Mohd Nor

ROSLEE BIN AB AZIZ said...

Terima kasih bos. Give the best in everything.

We will change into a better human being.

- ROSLEE BIN AB AZIZ-

Unknown said...

Thanks Mr. Ernie for the great sharing.

Truly, working hard is not enough for us to go further. We have to figure out the way to work smarter, then only work faster. Always do things effectively and efficiently with optimising our capabilities.

Alan Yong

shiu kuan said...

Comfort zone is in fact a risky territory which impedes an individual’s growth and improvement. Hence, it is vital to equip own self with skills, work forward and get a place in this fast-paced society.

- Tan SK -

Loshini Priyaa said...

The only way to grow is to accept discomfort because life is full of lessons.

Richard Rut said...

Thanks for sharing Mr Ernie.

Indeed, in this competitive world, just working harder and smarter is no longer enough. Hard work in doing the task is just a hard work, working harder and smarter in a correct/precise way or in short, in a genius way, is matter. Chance is just a chance if it is not being used wisely. Thus, working harder and smarter with a direction of correct/precise/genius way will perhaps bring us to a great success, excellent and victory.

-Richard Rut-

Anonymous said...

In life there is no easy way to be success. If you look for shortcut to be success, you will go through hard way to find the shortcut. The key for working hard and smarter is actually NEVER GIVE UP. If you hold that key, you can fight all the obstacles.

Thank you.
-Aziean Baharom-

platinumfreeriding_associate said...

Perkongsian yg sangat baik. MEMACU kearah pencapaian ditahap yang terbaik.. Think act Behave like a Champion and Impossible is Nothing...

Chloe Ang said...

We need to work hard enough in order to work smart and fast in future. Take massive action and work towards to achieve success and target together.
Thanks for sharing, Mr Ernie!

luna yap said...

To achieve something, we must work hard, work smart and work fast with discomfort situation. That's why we will grow faster and we will then achieve the result out of our expectation.

Thank you, Mr. Ernie for sharing.

Matthew Leong said...

We have to do the process, learn in process and deliver good result. Work hard is just first step!! I will keep moving on to become somebody, not only a little town boy.

Thanks for sharing, Mr. Ernie!

Ies Rosli said...

work hard nor work smart will work if we have the wrong people in our circle. I believe everyone has come across the famous quote.... " take my people and leave my factory, soon it will be covered with parasitic plants. But if you leave me the trustworthy and reliable people and take away the factory, soon we will have bigger and greater factories".

Godspeed.

Zul

Sammi Lai said...

Thank you Mr. Ernie for the sharing,

Work hard,work smart, work faster.
Accept discomfort challenge to grow like how Mr. Ernie do and does.

Priya Darshini said...

I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others.

Thank You for sharing Mr. Ernie,

Gym Jian Sheng said...

Thank you Mr. Ernie for creating this platform for us to learn, to work and to grow.
You have worked very hard for the pass 20 years to make sure we are who we are today.

The journey of creating this is definately not easy & smooth. And yet you are the only on who never give up your dream and still making it happen till now. You have lost a lot, of course you gained a lot as well. To do what you do in business, family, relationship, body & health is almost IMPOSSIBLE to everyone. I am proud to have you as my mentor for guiding me until today.

Yes. We have worked hard, it's not enough, working smart by making smarter decison is the key to sustain and grow. I have put my body, heart, spirit & soul to this visionary dream.
I am not gonna give up just like this. I have seen so many inspired to be part of this journey, then slack down in action and leave silently. The organization is going to become more cult like, and only fit those who really fit in us.

I will keep myself fit in this organization always.
Education transformed my life, this is more meaningful than having millions & billions in pocket. Let's spread this awesome spirit & education to the world and achieve the visionary mission!

Thank you Mr. Ernie.