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Most every entrepreneur will tell you they work extremely long hours. That’s par for the course. Some “older” entrepreneurs (usually over 35 years of age) will share their ability to “strike a balance” between work and life. Practically speaking (I hate to break this to them) that does not exist in a startup. If you have that balance, you are not serious enough about your startup.

Above lines are from a blog post by Mukund Mohan,

I thought Mukund made an interesting point there with his article. His thought is that both smart workers and hard workers are essential in a startups success. The reason why there are several startup failures is that there are way too many smart workers and very few hard workers – who are the ones delivering consistently good work all the time.

Hard workers do not worry about work-life balance, they compartmentalize their priorities and manage to work consistently well with the same vigor and efficiency – says Mukund.

I’m not going to judge this thought, however, I think that there is no yes or no answer to the question here. I mean, there is no question that which group is better. Is it smart worker or hard worker, that matters most?

It depends on what the team is like, what your objectives are and what your energy levels are.

I’ve seen from my experience  that young folks are multi taskers, jugglers who do amazing amoung of work in bursts of time. They are more efficient because they can get work done more faster with lesser resources.

However, hard workers need more time, though consistent and are high-maintenance. They do a great job in the long run with alarming amount of consistency but often when speed and agility is required to switch gears, they struggle with resources and time.

I might be wrong, my experience is limited and my brackets narrower.

But smart work v/s hard work is an interesting piece of debate. I strongly believe there are no “thumb rules” to decide between which is better. A different combination of both might work better at different situations, but given a certain specific time and resource, smart workers are more likely to score.

Your thoughts?