Offer Your Best

We all would like to see our best foot forward. What that action actually looks like will be different for different people. And, ‘the best’ from each of us will depend on how long we have worked in the field, what situations we have been exposed to in our work, and how much flexibility we have to do our job our way.

Everybody starts somewhere. And none of us were born knowing everything about our professions. Even if we have intuitiveness for the job, which helps us, we have to learn, and that knowledge actually comes from doing. Reading books may help, yet, we only fully understand when we are actually immersed in the subject matter by working in the field.

Wherever you are in pursuing your professional standing right now, You are probably doing better than you did when you started. Also, the more you work in your profession, the more you will want to learn and know. Anything worth doing is worth exploring to make better.

You cannot wait until you are perfect to go out and do your work. Nothing will be absolutely perfect for everyone.  Yet the more we get out and work at our goal, the more we will learn and understand. It is this sweat equity that allows us to grow as professionals. We should never be ashamed because we don’t know everything. And we should always do the best we can, knowing that because of today, tomorrow will be better.

Most of us think we know it all until we really go out and try for ourselves. It is incredible how much we learn and grow when we admit how far we have to go.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again

tomorrow.

Leadership

Some people like to work from the bowels of the industry. They want to stay anonymous deep within the machine. And that is okay because no company can go anywhere unless you have good people doing good things whether they stand on the bridge or in the boiler room.

Some people cannot think of working anyplace else except on the bridge. Being there to make the decisions and guide the course of the company. And that too is okay because you need good people willing to make hard decisions for the betterment of the company and to best help those who work there.

The question is not where you work. Instead, the question should be what you bring to the table. Are you there to grab a paycheck and be left alone, or are you there to give it your all and help your company to the next level. There are a lot of people willing to take a paycheck and yet give only minimum work performance in return. The problem is found with minimum or average work performance the company stutters and falls. Upper management looks around, realizes that the product is good and decides to move someplace with better labor performance.

I have heard that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The company is only as good as its poorest performer. In a case like this, you cannot look around and point at other people and say it’s his fault, or her fault, or their fault. You have to look in the mirror and make sure it’s not your fault. And then you go forth to put out your best efforts.

This is not pointing fingers at others. This is not ignoring them either. After you look in the mirror and go forth, you are providing leadership. And leadership is good no matter what level it comes from.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.