Mahalo Monday #13: Yellow ribbon, working hard vs working smart, and narrative
Mahalo Mondays is a newsletter on the most interesting I’ve learned or found over that week. It’ll range from articles, tips, videos, hacks, and other fascinating things that would broaden your perspective.
Mahalo means many things in Hawaiian (expressing gratitude), but for me, it’s a way to show appreciation and love to those that I’ve learned from. So I want to showcase their work and share it with all of you.
Song of the week:
“ Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree” by Dawn ft. Tony Orlando. This song is centralized about uncertainty, mistakes, and acceptance. The song feels very nostalgic and it’s a feel-good song that will instantly put you in a good mood.
Working hard vs working smart:
Almost everyone I’ve asked this to says working smart is the way to go, while others admit that they’re not smart so they have to work hard. Whether it’s humility or not for the latter, the answer is both.
I know it’s not the sexiest answer or it feels like a trick question. I believe if you want to create or anything spectacular, you need to work very hard at it, and in the process of putting in the hours, you learn ways to be efficient (or working smart). Only through hours of time put in, you know what to avoid and it allows you to use your time better. It’s a continuous cycle that needs both to be successful.
That’s why whenever you see an expert in any given field take a look at a problem, they can almost immediately come to a few conclusions instead of trying every single solution. Only through hours of meticulous hard work, this is achievable.
An article that opened my eyes to hypocrisy and narrative:
‘A Year Ago I Was a Hero. Now I’m Treated Like Scum.’ by — Suzy Weiss. It sums up how frontline workers were heralded as ‘’heroes” for working hard, and now are branded as “villains” if they didn’t get vaccinated.
It reminds me of how fast narratives shift. People’s opinions of you will change because of what the group thinks. The tribe will influence many people-even the logical and intelligent ones.
Until next week,