There are always those people who will give you a run for your money, the ones who always aspire to do excellent work. They keep coming and do not stop. best at this and that. they outdo everyone. even on those cold dark days, they are still early to work. They were the ones that woke up at 4 AM for school. Hahaha the Young Sheldon type of people. The pesky ones that painstakingly tore apart a teacher’s concept until they wished they hadn’t picked them to ask the question in the first place. The ones who when put in an unfair place of doing everyone’s group work; would suck it up and take one for the team.
Well, that is what we call a strong work ethic. There are 10 traits of it; appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork. You would be amazed to know, that it is possible to be a Jack of all trades here. More amazing is that doing excellent work feeds motivation to do more work and vice versa is also true. This lot has managed to create a vicious cycle that creates a Superman effect and that is what makes them great at their job! I know I love a superhero! Now, let us make you one too. It is imperative that you should always do excellent work.
In the corporate world, your reputation will almost always precede you. I mean, we all look to build experience and grow. Sometimes growth means leaving your favorite company one day and working with other people. How much easier will it be to foster a new working relationship when your reputation is rock solid? It makes for better quality work when there are no mal fides.
Depending on what your career path is, going the extra mile can take a bit of effort. It takes a perfectionist to know that. Over time, this effort does not seem like a lot of work anyway. A good workman quarrels with nobody. Most people who are good at their trade love what they do. Even if they go to immeasurable lengths to get what they are looking for.
3. Soul Food
My research has taught me that every human has their peaking point. Where we each operate at our best are our happiest and would be the most stable at all factors kept constant. These factors are; faith, which is reverence for something greater than ourselves. Coupled with wellness, inclusive of mental, physical, and emotional wellness. Productivity is the last piece of the puzzle. The maintenance of this trio creates a satisfaction of a full life.
The stronger your work ethic, the more work you seem to get. This balance can be overwhelming. Nonetheless, if you notice that your superior gives you more responsibilities then it means you appear as dependable. A pro tip, if you notice a new underdog taking your place, self-promote. This works well to remind your superior that you are there. Yes, in power staying relevant is very important.
5. More money
Victor Frankl in his book “Man’s search for meaning” shows developing purpose leads to success. Success is as abstract as happiness and cannot be pursued. Rather, it needs to ensure as a by-product of something else. The trick is to find your purpose and put in the effort to be good at it. This motivates you to build an impeccable reputation. Then, with a good track record of work well done, comes money.
6. More productive
Productivity can easily be defined as the completion of tasks to achieve a goal. A great work ethic means you have the attitude and will to get your work done. Subsequently, you master the trade and start innovating more efficient ways of doing the work. This process is called optimization. At this level, one differentiates between excellence and plain hard work.
7. Learn faster
We aid something about staying relevant. Most corporate spaces pair promotional merit with a rich skill set. While getting better at the trade, pick skills along the way. But, we all have 24 hours in a day. The efficacy we just spoke about makes you productive and fruitful within a shorter time thus you can concentrate on self-development. Take up a course after your 9 to 5. You are in luck if your firm already offers opportunities for growth and professional development.
8. Social Currency
While we are on self-improvement, you cannot help but keep meeting new people who are attuned to the new stuff that we are venturing into. The network is always growing. This social currency is a new tool you are adding to your arsenal. For this reason, people skills are indispensable. If you do not have any, you can develop some. Albeit engaging and you might have to read a lot of books, it is totally worth the try.
I love the part of the meeting where people introduce themselves. More often than not, this is when we all find ourselves. What adjective would you tie to your name? I love saying I am a mover. Someone that makes things happen. The achievements we have make our identity and give us the hope to pursue more. Essentially, having an excellent work record as something that is going right for you in life is good for your mental health.
10. Social responsibility
There is just something about excellence that makes you feel worthy of being called a good person. Ever noticed that the top 1% have a charity going for them somewhere in the world? I am not ready to have a debate on ideals. Whether or not they do this to feel good about the means of wealth accumulation that they used or not. Point is, that excellence gives a sense of social responsibility. Importantly, when you fact-check your social justice awareness, you realize the world needs a lot of social responsibility now.
11. Life-work balance
Money can buy happiness. Oh yes, from excellent works comes efficacy. That is less work time for the same productivity levels. Optimization allows time for family and hobbies. In particular, really excellent people realize that hobbies and strong relationships boost creativity and motivation. Also, having your life in check gives you the confidence to interact with especially family. Let’s face it, the conversation about how you are holding up is going to come and you need to be in a position to have something good to say.
Another pro-tip, the world is not built on ideals. I mean no one will pay you a million bucks because you are supposed to. Thank God for the law because most people are saved by the minimum wage bill. However, true success comes from excellence. It gives you the leverage to make demands. For the same reason someone earns 3,000 USD a month and another one makes ten times as much for the same job. You get what you are willing to receive. If you feel like you deserve more, it is time to find some leverage.
13. Work environment
Otherwise, leverage can buy you a great work environment. Other than changing firms to work with, there is an option to flexible work hours, better pay, better relationship and rapport especially with your superiors because there is a sense of respect among equals. It does not matter if you are at entry-level work. As I said, power is about perception, and creating an infallible image gets you a place at any table in this world.
I have done my part and given you the scoresheet. Go out there and be the best version of yourself. It all starts with excellent work!