I’ve been thinking about work ethic recently.
Why is it that some people seem to have a ridiculously high work ethic, yet others are content to move through life, just putting in a shift?
Is it possible to develop a very high work ethic if you don’t have one currently?
The other thing that’s been on my mind and is somewhat related, is the attitude of wanting to do a 15 / 10 job on something.
Let me explain that one a bit.
When you come to a project or perhaps just something you have to get done in life, you can choose a few different routes.
- 3/10 – a crappy job. You either don’t care or are not capable of it.
- 7/10 – you just get it done. No one is going to say ‘great job’, but also no one is going to say ‘crappy job’. You just did it. It’s ok. It’s average.
- 10/10 – you do a good job. People will probably say thank you, great job etc. People will be pleased, but you won’t get a high five. It’ll be forgotten about in a day or two.
- 15/10 – you smash the ball out of the park. You do it at an extraordinary level, you do it far quicker than people expected and you do extra things on top that make a significant difference to the outcome. You blow peoples socks off and make them sit back and say, ‘holy shit’. You get a high five and people will remember and talk about it for years to come.
So, we have work ethic and also your attitude for how well you plan to do something.
How well you plan to do something is a conscious decision you can make before you start something. And work ethic then gets it done. They tend to work together, as you are constantly making decisions about what is good enough and what it will take to get it done.
You shouldn’t underestimate the impact these two things have on your life.
It can literally be the difference between being at the top and the bottom. Wealthy or not wealthy. Having the opportunity to work on the best and biggest things or the stuff that just has to be done.
Both give you a significant competitive advantage over almost everyone else. And that’s because I’d argue that well under 5% of people actually approach things with a 15/10 attitude and have a tremendously high work ethic.
It’s literally so rare to see both of these things in people, that when a company recognises it, they do whatever they can to keep them (well, good companies do). They will give you the biggest and best things to do, the promotions and the raises. You will never need to ask for them, they just come your way. If you ever decide to start your own company, these two things will give you the edge over your competitors.
So, the big question.
Can you develop into a 15 /10 person with a high work ethic, if that’s not you at the moment?
I used to think no. You are either hard wired to be like that or not.
However, last year I noticed both of these things disappear for me. I worried I was becoming lazy and losing the ability to care about stuff. And then towards the end of the year it came back. Something inside of me changed.
And it got me thinking, why was that?
Firstly, I got into something that I truly believed in and was excited / passionate about (Rescover). All of a sudden, I really cared about stuff. I had an abundance of energy. I went about things with a 15 / 10 attitude and was willing to do whatever it took to do an outstanding job at whatever I was doing.
And the second thing was, as soon as I got started with working hard at something and doing it well, I got into a positive cycle. I did something well and felt good about that. I got feedback it was good and felt good about that. My confidence shot up and I was itching to get onto the next thing and do it again.
And it then became clear.
It all starts with being fundamentally excited and passionate about what you’re doing. Without that, it’ll always be a struggle to sustain a 15 / 10 approach and a high work ethic.
So, do whatever it takes to get that level of excitement and passion in your life for what you’re doing. You need to really care about what you’re doing. If you don’t have that, be bold and make a change to explore getting it.
Once you do have that, pick the first thing to do, and then do whatever it takes to get a 15 / 10 result. Your passion and excitement for what you’re doing will carry you through, trust me.
You’ll soon get into the positive cycle I mentioned above and it will start to become more natural to approach things in that way.
The only other thing that comes to mind, is you should surround yourself by people that are like this. The saying ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with’ is a good one. If you have people around you that behave like this, it will inspire you to be more like them.
If you take one thing away from this, it should be that you need things in your life that you REALLY care about. Don’t stress and worry if you don’t have it. Just keep an eye out for it. And do stuff which will give you a better chance of stumbling across it.
Then, once you have that, make the conscious decision to do something at a 15 / 10 level and get people around you that are like that. Then, things kind take care of themselves.
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