I have a friend who is a little less than thrilled with his job, and he constantly talks about that one sweet day when he can bust up outta there and move onto bigger and better things. He can't wait to blow everyone's mind with his skills and talent. He can't wait to make a ton of money and maybe oneday rule the world.
And all that is fine and good, I'm glad he has goals.
But when he tells me of these plans, I can't help but look at his performance at his current job. He is certainly not knocking anyone's socks off in that role. He's bored and disinterested. He's cranky and distracted. He doesn't give it his all. He is most definitely not living up to his potential.
So my question is: why does he think things will be different at a new job?
I have learned that the best indication of your performance at a new job is... wait for it... your performance at your current or former job!
Every job, in fact everything in life, is going to suck at times, that's just part of it. And it's how we deal with the hard parts that count. If we're constantly shunning responsibility, deflecting blame, half-assing the task in front of us while we complain that no one takes us seriously, well then why on earth would we expect to be given more?
I've learned the hard way how important it is to do the job that's in front of you to the best of your ability - even if it bores your brains out; even if you'd rather run screaming from your desk than draw one. more. single. line. in AutoCAD.
Because: guess what prepares you for the big stuff? THE LITTLE STUFF.
And if you haven't been applying yourself to the little things that allow you to learn and work through concepts and ideas, and lay the groundwork for bigger and better things, then chances are you will crash and burn when your time comes to do something big. You will not have the background to support your Big Thing. You won't have the work ethic to see it through. You won't have built up your muscles by doing millions of tiny reps in preparation for that something big, and you will be more likely to fail.
It is so easy to get caught up in the habit of looking outside of ourselves and what we are doing and reaching for things that aren't ours, rather than looking inward and owning what we already have. But if you really pay attention, the people that have the big things almost always started out with little things, and cared for and nurtured them to the best of their ability.
You have to be willing to treat it all the same. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and give as much effort to the crappy busy work that no on wants to do as you would to the big stuff that gets all the attention and glory. In my opinion and my observations, that is how you become successful.
If you treat everything you do with great care and attention, and you DO IT WELL, you'll eventually find yourself with more than you ever dreamed possible.
What little thing are you doing today that could eventually lead to something BIG? Are you doing it to the best of your ability and giving it all you've got?
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Vincent Van Gogh
Till next time,
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