Rethinking My Career Path Meant Working Smart, Not Hard

Line Cook Thoughts, Niagara Falls, New York

I’ve always believed in working hard, and how important it is to have a clear head, precise action, and a game plan. I believed that working hard was how I could get myself through most situations. But if the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that putting your head down and working hard can only take you so far.

Pre-Covid, my young career was about just working and putting immense effort in what...