Don’t Mistake Intelligence For Laziness

Don’t Mistake Intelligence For Laziness

There’s something to be said for doing things the hard way, but an easier method is often smarter. It’s also often mistaken for laziness and so we sometimes pass it up. This is a bad idea.

Photo by Maryna Pleshkun (Shutterstock).

Achal Aggarwal, co-founder of, explains the problem with the following anecdote:

Someone recently told me a story about their daughter. This is how it goes:

Let’s call her ‘S’. When she was 11 months old she had not started walking or even crawling for that matter. Everyone was a little worried. They thought of playing a game. They made ‘S’ sit on one side of a jute mat and placed her favourite toy on the other end. They started calling her name out so she would crawl to the toy to get it.

Guess what she did? She just pulled the mat and got hold of her toy.

Sometimes the best solution is one that requires the least effort, and sometimes it’s not. The important thing is to think about the situation and apply no supposed paradigms about how much work you should do. Ask yourself, what’s the smartest answer? Sometimes that answer involves doing things the hard way, and sometimes it involves doing the least work possible. Doing less is smart when you get the same results. Be sure you don’t think of it as lazy.

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