Over the years, I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t have the work ethic that I grew up with. They want to do the minimum at work all the time. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some highly motivated individuals during the years I worked as a consultant with Accenture, but I’ve still bumped into so many people over the years that left me in slack jawed amazement at their lack of work ethic. As an example, I had the displeasure of meeting someone who didn’t do five minutes of work that cost her company hundreds of thousands of dollars. Was she overwhelmed with work? No. She spent hours gossiping and rarely put in her full forty hours of work to boot. She just didn’t do the work. The scary part? She’s not an exception. She’s just one of many similar examples I can pull out at any moment.
The plus side of this horrible state of affairs is that people with a strong work ethic can become superstars just by applying themselves with vigor. Put your back into what you do and people will notice because people often do the minimum. If you go above the call of duty you will be considered a tremendous asset and will be given more opportunities. So, to keep myself from despairing, I try to surround myself with “over achievers” (people who aren’t lazy) and take the huge opportunities left by the vast majority of people who try to skate by in life without putting in any real effort.
While contemplating the lack of work ethic in many people, a new episode of “Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project” appeared in my iTunes. The topic of the show: Work Ethic. It’s a great show in general and this one I particularly enjoyed. Give it a listen. Or watch it below.