One of the very valuable lessons I learnt, during the course of my career, at a pretty early stage though, related to distinction between the common man and the uncommon.
All day, every day, we can find without any efforts throngs of people indulging in their daily chores like machines with hardly any room to bring about a change or to even dare imagine making a change. Most of them are too scared to even break out of the box that they have put themselves in. I always found it very pitiful because they fail to see the very fragile barrier between the Common Man and the Uncommon.
One of the biggest and clearly identifiable differences between the two, even when doing the same job, in the same work-place and in an identical environment, under the same boss relates to the way they do their individual assignment.
The common man does whatever he is told to do, nothing less and nothing more, with a couldn’t care less attitude under the pressures of his demanding family-life or financial situation whereas the Uncommon one performs his assigned job with a passion, making sure nothing is over-looked and that there are no loose strings left anywhere. He puts his heart and soul in the job, giving the best possible he can.
The difference is noticeable in abundance and this difference, when delivered as a matter of routine helps the worker stand out and gain praise and/or recognition. Not only does it bring personal pride to the individual but also opens up channels for promotion to the higher level as and when vacancy occurs.
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Rest assured your commitment will soon be recognized and also rewarded in multiple forms. The best, the fastest and the most important reward is a good night’s sleep because you can now tell yourself that you did full justice to the job at hand.
This is what Leonardo Da Vinci had to say about a good night’s sleep: “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”
And then, we have this impactful message from none other than Albert Einstein:
“If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.”
The direct implication herein is to outperform all others every time. Just looking good and wearing nice clothes is not enough to be successful.
It is your ‘dedication-to-perfection-with-pride’ that will take all attention away from your person and force others to focus on your performance capabilities instead.
Do not be satisfied with having accomplished a task. Just doing your job will never ever make you stand out. If you want to achieve extra-ordinary results, be prepared to perform extra-ordinarily well.
Get rid of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. Stop wasting time with so called friends who like to gossip about others because those who sit and gossip with you will also never fail to gossip about you in front of others given the very first opportunity.
Life is a continuous process that takes its toll on us, no doubt, but gives much more in return (to those who believe). You only have to see the signs and act accordingly. Don’t we all know the old adage: when handed lemons, we should strive to make lemonade out of them?
What I do differently is make marmalade out of those same lemons because it tastes better and I can enjoy it longer!!!
In order to venture on to the path of productivity, we must attain perfection in our preparation. In simple words, whatever you do, focus on doing it better than the guy next door; do it better than the best guy in the business; do it so well that you stand out.
Learn to live each day as if it was the last day of your life, the Day of Final Judgment! Do it so well that it leaves a legacy. You put your heart and soul into what you do with the belief that this last act of yours is what you will be judged upon. It is this sense of completion that will help you forge ahead because now you have proven that whatever someone else can do, you could do better.
The hard-earned admiration will lead you to recognition (when coupled with persistence) and then onwards to personal satisfaction. Remember: ”recognition is what babies cry for and men die for”.
You will only start to feel personal pride in your work, no matter how insignificant, once your dedication and commitment to excel takes you on the path to recognition. For all practical purposes, it is not too difficult to embark upon this path. However, what is difficult is the utmost commitment to stay focused under all kinds of pressure and extenuating circumstances.
I am no philosopher nor am I an educator; neither a forceful advisor nor a persuasive snake oil salesman. Why should you pay heed to what I have to say in the following pages? I am just one of you, a run of the mill simpleton, but one with a difference, a huge difference, if I may say so.
What makes me different is my uncompromising quest to go beyond limits, my unflinching desire to challenge the outer boundaries and my calculative projection of immense possibilities. I am not the only one on this road of possibilities and I beckon you, each one of you, to come and join me and why just join me, why not overtake me and show the way to millions of others, who could also follow in your foot-steps.