From time to time we catch ourselves in a little rut where we just seem to be going through the motions. You show up to work, do what you need to, and when the day is done you pull the chocks and head home. But, what we don’t see sometimes is that we are actually being lazy. Well, that’s if you can take a little honest feedback about yourself. I’ve been guilty of this before too, so I’m not just ranting to call people lazy. You see, when you just show up and meet the requirements for the day, you’ll make your paycheck and pay the bills. We head to work and say “Gotta pay the bills”. But if you are just doing the bare minimum, that’s really all you did, “pay the bills”. Doing the minimum means you didn’t really earn your pay at all, you just collected it even though you don’t deserve it. Truthfully, you don’t deserve anything in life that you don’t care about.
You actually deserve something when you invest in it and work on it constantly. When you show up to work and your mindset is “I want to learn something new to improve my craft and help others”, you’re stepping off on the right foot. You also have to be ready to look stupid sometimes, in my opinion. Because, when you make a mistake you will probably get humiliated or even called incompetent. But, becoming good at what you do will take some moments like that to humble you a little bit, bring you down, and make you say “I need to learn more to perfect that”. Most people are scared to look like they don’t know what they are doing, so, they skate around it and try to hide under the radar. But, to truly get good at something and be the “go to guy/girl”, you have to be able to say “I didn’t know what I was doing, but how can I improve?”.
Becoming good at something doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t happen after you read some book on how to better yourself. Becoming good at something takes years of constant learning, asking questions, and following the footsteps of those people who have “walked the walk”. It’s important to find a role model, someone who has it all together and has proved over time that they deserve their pay every day. It’s easier to invest your time in your job if you can visualize yourself filling the shoes of that person one day. But, if you don’t have a role model, it’s probably going to be a bit harder to get to where you need to go. It’s like trying to get to your destination without a map. So, I challenge you and myself to go into work everyday and don’t just go through the motions. Don’t get to work with the mindset of being ready to go home. Instead, focus on helping improve yourself and others. Be thankful that you have a job and do everything you can to earn your pay for the day. If you don’t care about it, you don’t deserve it.
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“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”