Why do we go to work? For the money of course, but why do you go to where you work, to the place where you do your particular job? Again the flippant answer is, “For the money.” Is there another reason?
Just for a moment think, what if? What if you could do any job you wanted? Would you work harder? Think if you owned the company. Would it make any difference in the way you approached your job?
Most employer’s would hope that your answers to both of the previous questions would be no. More importantly, don’t you think you would hope that your current position would have no bearing on the effort you gave?
Loyalty, opportunities for advancement, fear of being fired and self-pride are all reasons for doing your best. In the final analysis there is only one reason that really counts, and that’s self-pride. If you do your best, truly your very best, and you do it for yourself, everything else will take care of itself. The catch in all of this is that only you know if you are giving all you’ve got. Your boss, teacher, coach or even your spouse really doesn’t know. Only you know.
Does this mean that you must be the best? Of course not. Everyone’s best effort is different, and some will be better at certain things than others. But they may not be better every day and not every time. Keep trying and stay prepared. You can do it. You can be the best you can be.
Remember the old cliché, “If it’s not worth doing well, it’s not worth doing.” I believe that the cliché is actually a truism. Whatever it is you do, your job, your play, your life, give it your best shot. Being alive is a pretty good deal. It’s better than the alternative for sure. Don’t let life pass you by. Be your best for your own self worth. If you do, guess what happens? You’ll unwittingly pass a wonderful legacy on to your family, friends and co-workers. You’ll be the positive influence on their lives as well as making the world a better place.
You can do it. You can do it all by simply giving your best.