Lol at a hard days work...what are you building pyramids?
I would say that maybe 2-3% of us actually work "hard".
I'm busy as hell usually (thanks huddle) but the work I do isn't hard. I doubt yours, pstalls, madhatters, cookingwithgas,etc work "hard"
there is a distinction between hard and stressful no?
working smarter not harder makes more sense on so many levels. now, there are some jobs that are hands and feet, all day long and that is hard. is the person working smart or hard or both? could be any combo.
each person, at some point, will gravitate to something that interests them. or, a direct aversion of what they use to do, due to the fact of how hard it was.
as each person moves up in whatever field they are in, you should be reallocating your own skills and moving from labor intensive to more interpersonal. some guys flat out enjoy the hard stuff. maybe there is a sense of satisfaction they like. it might be its zero challenge to them. it could be they were burnt out from a job where the work wasn't hard, but totally stressful.
but i don't place a higher value on someone because they work hard and get swamp ass. now, depending on the job itself and the overall impact, then my value will go up.
for my line of work and my background, i wouldn't consider it hard. some of my peers my disagree. however, it's pretty stressful but has it's moments of great satisfaction.
in the eye of the beholder i guess.