My last day at Weston Fitness was about a week ago, and since then I’ve had time to really evaluate my experiences I had there as an intern. Overall I enjoyed my experiences, I am happy to have been given the opportunities that Weston gave me, and most of all, I am grateful to have made some mistakes and to not have accomplished some of my assigned goals.

“Work smart, not hard” is something that Mike had said early on in the semester, but it was a phrase that I kind of just brushed away. But on the last day, when we reviewed the past few months, I understood. Everyone is always telling us that hard work is the key to success. While I do agree that hard work is absolutely and completely necessary, so is smart work.  How can I get a task done with the most efficiency? What can I do to alleviate some of the tasks of my clients? What is going to be the best way to increase online participation on Facebook or other social media?  Is there something I can do to make an idea better?

These are all questions I should have asked myself while working at Weston. I do believe I worked hard, and my hard work did pay off in some aspects, but I definitely think that if I had worked a little smarter, evaluating what I was doing wrong and altering an idea, I could have succeeded one hundred percent. It is said that the best way to learn is by making mistakes, and next time I will not work harder to complete a task, but I will work smarter to finish it in the most effective, efficient way as possible.