All or Nothing: Always give 100%
Most people will agree that you should always do your best. But do we really know what it means to give our best? To give 100% no matter the situation? We must realize that to do this, we actually have to TRY.
While in my transitional phase at the end of this year-finishing up a 15-hour course load to chip away at the gradually smaller rock wall between me and my bachelor’s degree (*not your traditional student by any means), I took on a seasonal job for the holidays. It’s not a super important gig, but it’s fun and I meet a lot of people doing it-some of which are very wealthy and probably pretty important. Come January, I should have a follow-up story that proves this to be true:
So about the seasonal gig-I went into this position like I go into any other position-with a smile and willingness to work. In my mind, just because this position will end on December 31st, that doesn’t mean I have to act like it isn’t important. Plus, you have NO idea who you might meet on any given day. They might like your vibe and inquire about what you’re doing-which could align with something they, their company or another organization is looking for.
The other day, another seasonal employee was mouthing-off a bit and being rude to some “higher-ups” that were visiting. This individual proceeded to tell me how the “ups” were all being so annoying and their smiles were so fake and they didn’t introduce themselves to them like they did to me. I quietly said “Oh, play nice.” Hoping they would get the hint to basically stop talking like that (the walls always, always have ears). Their response was “I’m only here for two more weeks. I don’t give a shit about what these people think.” And I couldn’t help but think...wow, really? I was amazed at the lack of work ethic as a whole, but also the absent sense of future. Even if you don’t care to be offered a permanent position after this holiday stint, you don’t know who you’ll run into again in your future endeavors. You don’t know what other things these people have their hands in-they could have their own companies outside of their positions with this one. This company could have departments you know nothing about that you’d be interested in. It’s foolish to give 40% just because you don’t deem something valuable and gravely important, and even worse to have a bad attitude just because you “can”.
We must always, always give 100% at all we do, no matter how unimportant it may seem on the surface. At a seasonal job, an unpaid internship, in a work-study position...it’s the little things that make a difference, and you never know who you may meet or who is watching how you work. You are your brand. You ARE your business. The way you carry yourself and the way you work are your calling card. They can also help make the decision of whether you will be temporary or permanent in an organization-ANY organization (or field), without your consent. You can’t complain that you’re not getting where you need to be, or that you keep hitting dead ends, when you’re the one that is eliminating yourself from the game.
Work hard, mind your manners, show people who YOU are. It will benefit you and help you take on journeys you only wished you could take before. You can change the world you have control of...so do it.