10 Easy Rules to Having a GREAT Work Ethic
Nothing is more important than having a great work ethic. It doesn’t matter whether you work for yourself or someone else, go above and beyond the call of duty. Shine no matter how small the task. Clients, bosses, investors et al NOTICE when you do a good job. From that comes new opportunity. From new opportunity comes growth. Growth will be rewarded with a continued rising in the ranks not to mention confidence, skills, discipline and a GREAT reputation.
Show up as your best self every day. THAT is how you find true success.
1. Be on time and don’t ask to leave early.
2. Ask how you can help.
3. Ask some more.
4. Find out what is expected of you with each and every task. Then exceed those expectations.
5. Make eye contact and have a firm handshake with everyone you meet.
6. Do your best but know that your best will be different each day. Sometimes you won’t have as much energy, rest, time etc. to accomplish a task so push even harder in these moments. Just do the best you can.
7. Shut up and listen.
8. By all means check in on your social media outlets throughout the day. I do. But NEVER in a meeting and NEVER when in a conversation with someone. It’s rude.
9. Learn to use constructive criticism and negative feedback to your advantage. There is almost always an element of truth in others painful critique of you, no matter what their motivation for telling you is. We are often unwilling to look at the things we need to change most. Be grateful someone else has made you aware even if their delivery is hard to stomach. Use it as an opportunity to strengthen your weakest areas. Then watch as you become more dynamic, skillful, and well-rounded. Your “enemies” are often gifts in disguise.
10. Be someone people want to work with.
Shannon Fitzgerald/The Accidental Executive